Announces "When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story" to
Air April 25 4/5/10
"WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH:
THE LOIS WILSON STORY," A NEW "HALLMARK HALL OF FAME"
PRESENTATION STARRING WINONA RYDER AND BARRY PEPPER, TO BE BROADCAST
SUNDAY, APRIL 25
Based on the Biography by
William G. Borchert, This Drama Is about the Trials and Ultimate Triumph
of the Co-Founder of Al-Anon, Whose Alcoholic Husband Co-Founded AA
WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE
LOIS WILSON STORY, a new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation
starring Golden Globe Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee
Winona Ryder ("The Age of Innocence," "Little Women,"
"Star Trek") and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Barry
Pepper ("61*," "Seven Pounds," "Flags of Our
Fathers") will be broadcast Sunday, April 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)
on the CBS Television Network. Spanning more than 30 years, this movie is
based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois
Wilson (Ryder), co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill
Wilson (Pepper), co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A college-educated young woman
from an affluent family, Lois Burnham spent her winters in New York and
summers in Vermont, where she began her deliriously happy courtship with
Bill Wilson, a slightly younger man of modest means. She married Bill in
1918, and, after his return from duty at the end of WWI, the two set out
to build a life together in New York City. While Lois worked as an
occupational therapist at Bellevue Hospital, Bill struggled to find his
niche. Lois strongly believed, however, that Bill was destined for
greatness, and despite noticing an increase in his drinking habits, she
showered him with love and support. Eventually, Lois persuaded a friend's
husband to hire Bill at his financial firm. By 1927, Bill was a lucrative
securities analyst on Wall
Street and the couple was living a luxurious lifestyle. Despite Lois'
countless efforts to control his drinking, Bill's addiction to alcohol
spiraled further out of control until his job, their lifestyle and dreams
In 1935, after years of
unsuccessfully struggling to cover for Bill and manage his disease, Lois
finally saw him take control of his alcoholism; however, his sobriety was
not the result of Lois's help, rather it came through the support of a
fellow recovering alcoholic, Dr. Bob Smith. As Bill and Dr. Bob attained
lasting sobriety and co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, Lois began to
question the value she had in her own marriage. After devoting 17 years to
healing her sick husband, Lois felt isolated and resentful that he was
sober without her help. Lois eventually discovered that she was not alone.
She slowly engaged the wives of the men in Bill's program and came to
realize that while Bill was addicted to alcohol, she was addicted to him -
and that the family and friends of alcoholics are, in some ways, as sick
as their loved ones. Lois gained the necessary understanding needed to
repair her fractured relationship and to help millions of others do the
same. She co-founded Al-Anon in 1951.
Winona Ryder achieved Academy
Award nominations for her roles in "Little Women" and "Age
of Innocence," and, for the latter performance, also earned a Golden
Globe Award. She was recently seen in "The Private Lives of Pippa
Lee" and "Star Trek." Her additional feature film credits
include "Girl, Interrupted," in which she starred and served as
Executive Producer, "Mermaids," for which she earned a Golden
Globe Award nomination, "The Crucible," "The House of
Spirits," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Night on
Earth," "Edward Scissorhands," "Beetle Juice,"
"Heathers," "Reality Bites," and "How to Make an
American Quilt." She will next be seen in "Black Swan."
Barry Pepper earned Emmy Award
and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role as Major League Baseball's
star right fielder Roger Maris in the television movie "61." His
feature film credits include "Seven Pounds," "Flags of Our
Fathers," "Saving Private Ryan," "The Green
Mile," "25th Hour," "The Snow Walker," The Three
Burials of Melquiades Estrada," "Enemy of the State" and
the upcoming film "Casino Jack," starring opposite Kevin Spacey.
WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE
LOIS WILSON STORY was produced by E1 Entertainment, in association with
Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions. John Morayniss ("Hung"), Ira
Pincus ("Vinegar Hill") and Brent Shields ("The Courageous
Heart of Irena Sendler") are the executive producers; John Kent
Harrison ("The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler") is the
director; William G. Borchert ("My Name Is Bill W") and Camille
Thomasson ("The Magic of Ordinary Days") wrote the script based
on the book THE LOIS WILSON STORY, When Love Is Not Enough by Borchert. E1
Entertainment will handle international distribution, excluding the U.S.