When Bette Midler called, author Rebecca Wells was still stunned from the success of her novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Midler’s All Girl Productions wanted to make the #1 New York Times Best-Seller into a movie starring Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, and a host of box office stars.
The Louisiana native was soon too sick from undiagnosed Lyme disease to participate in the movie’s production or even attend the premiere. It took a few years before she could watch the film.
Recently, still suffering from lingering light sensitivity and fatigue, the author returned to south Louisiana as the featured Great Southern Writer at the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival. She entertained the audience with personal anecdotes, readings from her novel, and a spirited Q&A session.
With the help of festival organizers, Movie Poster Archives had a surprise in store. Executive director Linda Thurman was invited to the stage where she presented Wells with original presskits in English and German. Wells was thrilled. Turning to the audience, she said, “I will now read to you in German,” eliciting laughter and applause.
Movie Poster Archives is a nonprofit that preserves movie paper of all kinds, such as posters, lobby cards, stills, and presskits. For more information, visit movieposterarchives.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoviePosterArchives.