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Where Stella Got Her Groove Back

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December 11, 2006 at 11:34 AM | by | ()

Almost 10 years ago, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" made us all want to leave our stress-filled lives for sand and sun. That or ditch our husbands for some tadpoles.

Angela Bassett played a 40-year-old stockbroker/cougar headed to Jamaica for a much-needed break...only to fall for a 20-something local, played by Taye Diggs. While the movie is a bit cheesy (the book was even worse), the film's beautiful, nature-made set makes for a great warm-weather getaway with its open window breezes, private beaches and hot, humid nights.

Shot on location at Montego Bay's Round Hill Hotel and Villas, we can only imagine every grip and production assistant in Hollywood was trying to get a job on "Stella."

Crew members stand riveted as she unties her skirt. A production assistant about to offer mango juice sinks, mesmerized, into a beach chair; the prop man, three straw bags hanging off each arm, freezes. Guests at Jamaica's Round Hill resort lean out of their windows, waving glasses of free champagne offered by the hotel...

Sounds like a good gig. Hey, we wonder if villa owners Ralph Lauren or Bob Pittman snagged any of the free bubbly.

[Photo: hale mason]

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