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Lois Wilson Movie


Screenwriter and Author William G Borchert on the set of "Love Is Not Enough" with film star Winona Ryder who plays Lois Wilson.
Shooting of the Entertainment One/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "When Love Is Not Enough," was completed in Toronto, Canada just before Christmas. It was aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation on the CBS Network on Sunday, April 25 at 9 P.M. EST and received national acclaim.

The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story," began shooting in Toronto, Canada on November 9, 2009. It is scheduled for completion by the middle of December.

The movie stars the magnificent young actress, Wynona Ryder, as "Lois Wilson," the co-founder of Al-Anon, and the wonderful young actor, Barry Pepper, as her husband, "Bill Wilson," the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The distinguished director is John Kent Harrison and the Executive Producers are Brent Shields and Peter Duchow. The screenplay was written by William G Borchert and Camille Thomasson.

Writer William G Borchert on movie set with Barry Pepper who plays Bill Wilson in Hallmark's "When Love Is Not Enough."
More than three years in the making, the movie is based on the book, "The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough," written by veteran author William G Borchert who was a close personal friend of Lois Wilson for more than 15 years before her passing in 1988. Mr. Borchert was nominated for aan Emmy for writing the highly acclaimed Hallmark film, "My Name Is Bill W." which starred James Woods and James Garner and was based on the lives of Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith and the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Mr. Borchert long felt the story of Al-Anon must also be told and the heroic role Lois played in its founding. So four years ago he wrote her life story. Hallmark Hall of Fame then purchased the film rights to his book and now the movie has become a reality.

Wynona Ryder, who expressed great eagerness to play the role of Lois, has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has starred in many box office hits. These include "Star Trek," "The Informers," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Age of Innocence," "Little Women," "The Crucible," "Being John Malkovich," "The Last Word," "Bettle Juice," and many others.

Writer William G Borchert with actress Winona Ryder and her father, Mike Horowitz, during a lunch break from the film.
Audiences have also gotten to know Winona through her many TV appearances on such shows as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, The Charley Rose Show and eight appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Barry Pepper is a deeply sensitive actor as he clearly showed in his major roles in "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Green Mile." A six-time nominee and winner of The Golden Globe Award, Barry has starred in many other feature films such as "We Were Soldiers" and "Flags of Our Fathers." He has also starred in major television movies such as "61" where he played New York Yankees home run slugger Roger Maris and in "Lonesome Dove:The Outlaw Years."

Like Winona, audiences have seen him interviewed on many TV shows such as The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and the Rosie O'Donnell Show. The man guiding these marvelous actors through the difficult task of portraying a loving couple battling the scourge of alcoholism is an outstanding director with many awards and credits to his name. John Kent Harrison understands this story from many points of view and considers it a personal privilege to be undertaking this challenge.

Bill with actor Barry Pepper following one of the dramatic scenes in the movie involving Bill Wilson's alcoholic drinking.
Last year John directed the moving and gripping Hallmark Hall of Fame drama, "The courageous Heart of Irene Sandler" which won accolades from around the world. He also wrote and directed the TV movie, "Pope John Paul II" and the highly acclaimed movie, "The Sound and the Silence" about Alexander Graham Bell.

"When Love Is Not Enough" is scheduled to be shown on the CBS Television Network in late April of 2010, just before Mothers Day. Stay tuned for further news on this important event.

We wll continually update you on this page as the Lois Wilson movie "When Love Is Not Enough" moves through pre-production into shooting and through post-production. You will learn who will be playing the starring roles, about the director and cast and where it will all be done on location. We hope you will stay tuned.

Bill on the movie set with John Kent Harrison, the Director of the Hallmark film based on the life of Lois Wilson, Co-Founder of Al-Anon.

My Name is Bill W.
Written by William G Borchert

World War I veteran William Wilson has everything: loving wife, good health, Wall Street career - and a "drinking problem." After bottoming out, he meets Bob Smith, an Ohio surgeon with the same "problem." Together they discover a way to stay day at a time. Their triumph would save millions around the world.

James Woods won a Best Actor Emmy® Award for his no-holds-barred portrayal of Wilson in a powerful true story of how two lives intertwined at a crucial time - and how that friendship led to the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. With over 100,000 chapters worldwide, the work of Wilson and Smith (James Garner) goes on everywhere, day at a time. JoBeth Williams and Gary Sinise also star in this moving and memorable story that has now become the most watched television movie ever made.

William G Borchert
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