When Love is Not Enough

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

According to Variety, Winona is filming a new project: When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. This is the tale of Lois Wilson, married to an alcoholic who was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1951, Lois founded Al-Anon, a support group for friends and family of alcoholics. This movie is a Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation for CBS.

The movie is based on Lois Wilson biography:

Near the bottom of her husband Bill’s downward spiral into alcoholic hell, when he collapsed one night in a drunken stupor in the hallway of their Clinton Street, Brooklyn home, Lois Wilson felt she could bear no more. Pounding hysterically on his chest, she screamed out in despair: “You don’t even have the decency to die!” The compelling story behind this painful, oft-repeated scene eventually led to two of the most important movements of the twentieth century: Alcohol Anonymous and Al-Anon.

Lois Wilson, the wife of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), stuck by her husband through his seventeen years of tormented and abusive alcoholic drinking, believing that her unconditional love could get him sober. But it could not. The daughter of well-to-do parents, this loving and determined women watched her husband, Bill Wilson, destroy his career, his relationships and his health, checking into and out of alcoholic sanatoriums as he neared the point of insanity and death. Finally, through a life-changing spiritual experience, the fellowship of AA was born.

It was through Lois Wilson’s heart-rending, emotional struggle and her witnessing other spouses and children similarly impacted that she came to realize that alcoholism is a family disease and that the solution was a program for recovery, a family support group that came to be known as Al-Anon.

No info found, yet, about Noni’s character in this movie.

6 Comments on “When Love is Not Enough”

  1. While its certainly a positive move for Winona’s career and image doing this TV film about an equally important and challenging subject matter, I do hope she doesn’t lose track of her wonderful humor we seen in her past film comedies. I mean I don’t want her to be too cartoonish or anything, but hey, I hope she and everyone understands that this is what being human is really about — giving your serious side a relaxing jest when it gets too chaotic, as it certainly will. And, actually, the chaos is in the timing as well; knowing when to use one or the other. hings can get very misunderstood that way. Good day …fellow Noni fans 🙂

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