[02/25/10 - 12:57 PM]
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
The film is based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Al-Anon founders Lois and Bill Wilson.

[via press release from CBS]


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 were gone.

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.

RATING: To Be Announced

  [february 2010]  

· 61* (HBO)

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