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From 'Milk' to 'Juiced Fruits'

by Jeremy Hooper

Anita-in-ridic-getupAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO is looking to make a biopic about notorious anti-gay activist and orange juice pitchwoman, Anita Bryant:

HBO is developing a biopic of former beauty queen, singer and celebrity pitchwoman Anita Bryant, who is known mostly for her work as an anti-gay activist.

"Sex and the City" creator Darren Star is on board to direct the film, which is being written by "Runaway" creator Chad Hodge. Star also is executive producing with Dennis Erdman.

"She is a fascinating person on every single level," said Hodge, who has a connection to Bryant -- they both attended Northwestern. "The twists and turns of her life are incredible."

HBO eyes biopic about anti-gay activist [THR]

No word on who will play the fruit pie.


**By the way: We had this idea a year ago. Be in touch, Darren Star.

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Your thoughts

Awe, NOOOOOOO HBO! A documentary? Sure! A biopic, which could make her seem like a decent human being? Oh, hayell, NO!

Hmmm....though, maybe they would one day make a doc. about Maggie Gallagher! :o)

BTW, anyone ever wonder what Anita is doing these days, and where the hell she is? I sometimes do.

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Feb 2, 2010 10:13:29 AM

Wade: I can't imagine it would be sugarcoated. I think it's very fair to give it this kind of treatment.

As humans, we're often quick to paint adversaries with one certain brush. But nobody's life can be summed up by their "worst day(s)." Behind those actions is a story. There's reason to explore it.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2010 10:38:02 AM

Now the important question: Who do we see in the role? I could see Anne Hathaway, if they could convincingly age her enough to play the later iterations. I think they could.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2010 10:39:18 AM

As long as they do bring up her anti-gay activism, I'd be down with that. Wouldn't it be interesting to get Harvey Milk in the picture again, too?

Posted by: Aya | Feb 2, 2010 11:22:35 AM

They should get Coco Peru from the movie "Trick" to do Anita. She has that look like something is up her butt and that the garbage of the streets is stinking up her personal space, just like Anita looked.

Posted by: Mykelb | Feb 3, 2010 2:26:43 AM

I am glad that they are making this movie... Like the "Milk" movie, it will introduce people of all ages, gay and straight to this era in the gay rights movement. Anita Bryant had a galanizing effect on the S.F. gay rights movement... and gave it movement! It helped to make Harvey Milk a leader... and maybe we'll find the next Harvey Milk like leader for today. It will also give me an opportunity to tell it like it was... and how Anita made sure I would, and many other gays make sure they would never go back into the closet. I outed myself nationally via United Press International wire service when I created the "ANITA BRYANT'S HUSBAND IS A HOMO-SAPIEN!" T-shirt. I had a clipping service... and the photo of me wearing the t-shirt was featured in newspapers in small towns and big cities across America. It even made the Paul Harvey Commentary-News Show, at the time the most listen to radio news program in America. Gay news back then was almost non-existant. A few weeks later, I helped to produce a gay fundraiser at S.F.s best known Disco... "Oil Can Harry's", and the "Guest of Honor" was Jane Fonda. I was able to get her to wear one, and that too made the Associated Press... and it was flashed across the country quoting Fonda, and discribed her wearing the T-shirt. And a
couple of weeks later, when Bryant helped lead the fight to overturn a new gay rights ordinance in Dade County Florida, on June 7,1977...that I coined as "Orange Tuesday". My iconic image of Harvey Milk, at the end of an impromptu march, with a candle in one hand, a bullhorn in the other and a sign in the background "SAVE OUR RIGHTS", and speaking to 5,000 marchers was flashed across the country via the Associated Press... showing how an anti-gay victory in Florida, had a ripple effect thousands of miles away in San Francisco... and brought Harvey Milk into the limelight as a spokesperson for gay rights... 5 months before he was elected.( I wonder who they'll get to play me in the movie?). THIS MOVIE CAN NOT HURT US... AND LIKE THE "MILK" MOVIE WILL INTRODUCE PEOPLE YOUNG AND OLD, GAY AND STRAIGHT TO THIS PERIOD IN THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT... and maybe it just might help to produce the next Harvey Milk, this time, too! Keep in mind, we did not have the WWW back then... and thankfully I was able to get 3 national wire service stories and photographs in just one month's time. And like Paul Harvey used to say "AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY!"

Posted by: jerry Pritikin | Feb 4, 2010 7:57:18 AM

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