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After working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 12 years of my life, I am so proud of them for producing this Hall of Fame production “When Love Is Not Enough.” Don’t forget your kleenex.
~Judy Herzanek

To purchase book and/or DVD (to find the DVD on the Hallmark site, go to “movies” and scroll all the way down til you get to the “Ws” When Love Is Not Enough).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2010)  Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, Little Women) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) star in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. The film, premiering on CBS Sunday, April 25, 2010, 9-11pm ET/PT, is based on the true story of the sorely-tested but enduring love between Lois Wilson (Ryder), cofounder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson (Pepper), cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

THE TRAIN RIDE ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER FROM URBAN NEW York City into the picturesque countryside of Westchester County was something Lois always enjoyed. She would sit back and watch the scenery change from crowded Bronx apartment houses to sprawling landscapes dotted with suburban homes; from black-tarred city streets to winding country roads; from stark cement sidewalks to tree-lined paths. It was still only March, but she could tell by the yawning shrubbery and small patches of greening grass that spring was right around the corner.

Ruth and Wilbur, their dear AA friends in Chappaqua, had invited her and Bill up to their home for another relaxing weekend. As Lois stared out of the train window, her mind began racing again, excited about soon leaving their cramped and often too-public quarters at the Twenty-fourth Street Clubhouse.

Should they rent a small apartment back in Brooklyn Heights, she wondered, or one in the heart of Manhattan, since Bill would be spending much of his time there on AA business?

After working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 12 years of my life, I am so proud of them for producing this Hall of Fame production “When Love Is Not Enough.” Don’t forget your kleenex.
~Judy Herzanek

To purchase book and/or DVD (to find the DVD on the Hallmark site, go to “movies” and scroll all the way down til you get to the “Ws” When Love Is Not Enough).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2010)  Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, Little Women) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) star in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. The film, premiering on CBS Sunday, April 25, 2010, 9-11pm ET/PT, is based on the true story of the sorely-tested but enduring love between Lois Wilson (Ryder), cofounder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson (Pepper), cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

THE TRAIN RIDE ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER FROM URBAN NEW York City into the picturesque countryside of Westchester County was something Lois always enjoyed. She would sit back and watch the scenery change from crowded Bronx apartment houses to sprawling landscapes dotted with suburban homes; from black-tarred city streets to winding country roads; from stark cement sidewalks to tree-lined paths. It was still only March, but she could tell by the yawning shrubbery and small patches of greening grass that spring was right around the corner.

Ruth and Wilbur, their dear AA friends in Chappaqua, had invited her and Bill up to their home for another relaxing weekend. As Lois stared out of the train window, her mind began racing again, excited about soon leaving their cramped and often too-public quarters at the Twenty-fourth Street Clubhouse.

Should they rent a small apartment back in Brooklyn Heights, she wondered, or one in the heart of Manhattan, since Bill would be spending much of his time there on AA business?

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story is a 2010 American film that premiered on CBS on April 25, 2010. The film was produced by Terry Gould, directed by John Kent Harrison and written by William G. Borchert, who based the script on his novel of the same name.

In 1935, after years of struggling to cover for Bill and trying desperately to manage his disease by herself, Lois finally saw him get and stay sober – not through her help, but from the support of a fellow alcoholic, Dr. Bob Smith .

As Bill and Bob attained lasting sobriety and co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous , Lois began to feel neglected. Bill got and stayed sober without her help, and she felt isolated and resentful. Lois soon discovered she was not alone in her isolation and anger, and that there was a vast number of people whose lives and relationships had been devastated because a loved one was an alcoholic or drug addict. To help herself, and others like her, she co-founded Al-Anon/Alateen in 1951.

After working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 12 years of my life, I am so proud of them for producing this Hall of Fame production “When Love Is Not Enough.” Don’t forget your kleenex.
~Judy Herzanek

To purchase book and/or DVD (to find the DVD on the Hallmark site, go to “movies” and scroll all the way down til you get to the “Ws” When Love Is Not Enough).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2010)  Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, Little Women) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) star in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. The film, premiering on CBS Sunday, April 25, 2010, 9-11pm ET/PT, is based on the true story of the sorely-tested but enduring love between Lois Wilson (Ryder), cofounder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson (Pepper), cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

After working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 12 years of my life, I am so proud of them for producing this Hall of Fame production “When Love Is Not Enough.” Don’t forget your kleenex.
~Judy Herzanek

To purchase book and/or DVD (to find the DVD on the Hallmark site, go to “movies” and scroll all the way down til you get to the “Ws” When Love Is Not Enough).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2010)  Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, Little Women) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) star in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. The film, premiering on CBS Sunday, April 25, 2010, 9-11pm ET/PT, is based on the true story of the sorely-tested but enduring love between Lois Wilson (Ryder), cofounder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson (Pepper), cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

THE TRAIN RIDE ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER FROM URBAN NEW York City into the picturesque countryside of Westchester County was something Lois always enjoyed. She would sit back and watch the scenery change from crowded Bronx apartment houses to sprawling landscapes dotted with suburban homes; from black-tarred city streets to winding country roads; from stark cement sidewalks to tree-lined paths. It was still only March, but she could tell by the yawning shrubbery and small patches of greening grass that spring was right around the corner.

Ruth and Wilbur, their dear AA friends in Chappaqua, had invited her and Bill up to their home for another relaxing weekend. As Lois stared out of the train window, her mind began racing again, excited about soon leaving their cramped and often too-public quarters at the Twenty-fourth Street Clubhouse.

Should they rent a small apartment back in Brooklyn Heights, she wondered, or one in the heart of Manhattan, since Bill would be spending much of his time there on AA business?

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story is a 2010 American film that premiered on CBS on April 25, 2010. The film was produced by Terry Gould, directed by John Kent Harrison and written by William G. Borchert, who based the script on his novel of the same name.

In 1935, after years of struggling to cover for Bill and trying desperately to manage his disease by herself, Lois finally saw him get and stay sober – not through her help, but from the support of a fellow alcoholic, Dr. Bob Smith .

As Bill and Bob attained lasting sobriety and co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous , Lois began to feel neglected. Bill got and stayed sober without her help, and she felt isolated and resentful. Lois soon discovered she was not alone in her isolation and anger, and that there was a vast number of people whose lives and relationships had been devastated because a loved one was an alcoholic or drug addict. To help herself, and others like her, she co-founded Al-Anon/Alateen in 1951.

Sometimes the glaze of sentiment that Hallmark Hall of Fame drizzles across the top of its productions does some artistic good. Sunday night’s When Love Is Not Enough , starring Winona Ryder and based on the life of Lois Wilson, wife of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, was a melodramatic period piece set in the first half of the 20th century, so full of emotion that it could barely be contained to its two hours.

Barry Pepper starred this night as Bill Wilson, the businessman who went from being a hapless, ruinous drunk to a generous sober man who learned to cope with his alcoholism in painfully slow increments. (His story has been told on TV before, and by the same writer — William B. Borchert, who also wrote the 1989 telefilm My Name Is Bill W. , starring James Woods as Wilson and James Garner as “Dr. Bob” — Bob Smith, who helped in Wilson’s recovery.)

Pepper gave a terrific performance on Sunday night as Bill W., giving viewers the full measure of a man doomed by his addiction to be cruel, neglectful, and pitiful before be became brave and self-sacrificing. When Love Is Not Enough , however, was Lois’ story, and Ryder played her with wide eyes of both innocence and terror. Ryder made it clear the extent to which Lois had no idea how dreadful her husband’s condition was and how, in those pre-AA days, how isolated and confused a woman married to such a man had to be.

Actor: Winona Ryder , Barry Pepper , John Bourgeois , Rosemary Dunsmore , Paul Popowich , Adam Greydon Reid , Ellen Dubin , Sarah Manninen , Sarah Dodd , Lynne Griffin

After working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 12 years of my life, I am so proud of them for producing this Hall of Fame production “When Love Is Not Enough.” Don’t forget your kleenex.
~Judy Herzanek

To purchase book and/or DVD (to find the DVD on the Hallmark site, go to “movies” and scroll all the way down til you get to the “Ws” When Love Is Not Enough).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 22, 2010)  Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, Little Women) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) star in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. The film, premiering on CBS Sunday, April 25, 2010, 9-11pm ET/PT, is based on the true story of the sorely-tested but enduring love between Lois Wilson (Ryder), cofounder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson (Pepper), cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

THE TRAIN RIDE ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER FROM URBAN NEW York City into the picturesque countryside of Westchester County was something Lois always enjoyed. She would sit back and watch the scenery change from crowded Bronx apartment houses to sprawling landscapes dotted with suburban homes; from black-tarred city streets to winding country roads; from stark cement sidewalks to tree-lined paths. It was still only March, but she could tell by the yawning shrubbery and small patches of greening grass that spring was right around the corner.

Ruth and Wilbur, their dear AA friends in Chappaqua, had invited her and Bill up to their home for another relaxing weekend. As Lois stared out of the train window, her mind began racing again, excited about soon leaving their cramped and often too-public quarters at the Twenty-fourth Street Clubhouse.

Should they rent a small apartment back in Brooklyn Heights, she wondered, or one in the heart of Manhattan, since Bill would be spending much of his time there on AA business?

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story is a 2010 American film that premiered on CBS on April 25, 2010. The film was produced by Terry Gould, directed by John Kent Harrison and written by William G. Borchert, who based the script on his novel of the same name.

In 1935, after years of struggling to cover for Bill and trying desperately to manage his disease by herself, Lois finally saw him get and stay sober – not through her help, but from the support of a fellow alcoholic, Dr. Bob Smith .

As Bill and Bob attained lasting sobriety and co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous , Lois began to feel neglected. Bill got and stayed sober without her help, and she felt isolated and resentful. Lois soon discovered she was not alone in her isolation and anger, and that there was a vast number of people whose lives and relationships had been devastated because a loved one was an alcoholic or drug addict. To help herself, and others like her, she co-founded Al-Anon/Alateen in 1951.

Sometimes the glaze of sentiment that Hallmark Hall of Fame drizzles across the top of its productions does some artistic good. Sunday night’s When Love Is Not Enough , starring Winona Ryder and based on the life of Lois Wilson, wife of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous, was a melodramatic period piece set in the first half of the 20th century, so full of emotion that it could barely be contained to its two hours.

Barry Pepper starred this night as Bill Wilson, the businessman who went from being a hapless, ruinous drunk to a generous sober man who learned to cope with his alcoholism in painfully slow increments. (His story has been told on TV before, and by the same writer — William B. Borchert, who also wrote the 1989 telefilm My Name Is Bill W. , starring James Woods as Wilson and James Garner as “Dr. Bob” — Bob Smith, who helped in Wilson’s recovery.)

Pepper gave a terrific performance on Sunday night as Bill W., giving viewers the full measure of a man doomed by his addiction to be cruel, neglectful, and pitiful before be became brave and self-sacrificing. When Love Is Not Enough , however, was Lois’ story, and Ryder played her with wide eyes of both innocence and terror. Ryder made it clear the extent to which Lois had no idea how dreadful her husband’s condition was and how, in those pre-AA days, how isolated and confused a woman married to such a man had to be.



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