Ripped from the Headline (to the right of this entry)!

From Done Deal:
Title: Untitled Washington-Williams and Thurmond Story
Log line: A reporter goes on 25-year quest to prove that a woman is the daughter of Senator Strom Thurmond and a young black housekeeper who worked in the Thurman family home. The housekeeper was sixteen and Strom was twenty two when the young woman became pregnant. The senator financially supported the young woman but hid that he was her father.
Writer: Horton Foote
Agent: n/a
Buyer: Peter Newman and Greg Johnson
Price: n/a
Genre: Drama
Logged: 12/19/03
More: Optioned life rights from Washington Post reporter Marilyn Thompson who broke her story. Also, the producers optioned the rights to the book Ol’ Strom: An Unauthorized Biography of Strom Thurmond written by Thompson and Jack Bass. Peter Newman and Greg Johnson to produce. Newman and Johnson are hoping to gain the rights of Essie Mae Washington-Williams as well. Thompson was repped by Gail Ross Literary Agency. Jack Bass was repped by Goldfarb & Associates.

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At Essie Mae’s press conference, when asked if a movie would be made from the book she is writing, her son jokingly replied “Sure, is Halle Berry available?”
Let’s hope she is, and in a couple of years Halle will give her Oscar acceptance speech for ‘The Ballad of Essie Mae’ (the theme song will win too) and the clueless Thurmondites will finally choke on their own hypocrisy.

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