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Kathy Najimy, who starred alongside Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus, says she’s amazed by how beloved the 1993 film has become since it opened to disappointing box office and reviews.
As the 61-year-old actress tells PEOPLE, “It’s a family film about three witches who suck the youth out of children!”
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Now, however, she’s often asked to autograph adults’ well-worn VHS tapes of the film “and people are always coming up to me, saying, ‘My mom played it for me and I play it for my kids.'”
Najimy portrayed Mary Sanderson, one of three witches who chase after children. Midler played Winifred Sanderson and Parker depicted Sarah Sanderson.
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Looking back on the sometimes “difficult” six-month shoot (involving animals, prosthetics, lots of child actors and flying on brooms), Najimy mostly remembers being starstruck by Midler.
Najimy says long before Hocus Pocus, “I was a huge Bette Midler fan.”
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“I once dressed up as a bunny and pretended to have a singing telegram for her when she was appearing at the Hollywood Bowl,” says Najimy. “I sang her this telegram...
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