True-life story to be­come movie

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE touch­ing story of district nurse Phyl­lis Whit­sell, whose re­mark­able real-life tale Find­ing Tip­per­ary Mary swept the world is to be turned into a ma­jor movie.

She traced the al­co­holic mother who gave her up for adop­tion, added her to her rounds, then nursed her un­til the day she died – with­out ever let­ting on that she was her daugh­ter.

The story was picked up by na­tional news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and TV com­pa­nies all around the world last year. It made head­lines in Australia, the US, In­dia, Italy, Spain, France, Ger­many, Croa­tia and the Far East.

Now, Bri­tish di­rec­tor Ol Parker, who wrote the screen­play for starstud­ded Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel and its se­quel, The Sec­ond Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel, has signed on to turn the story into a film.

He has been in touch with Phyl­lis, 60, from Selly Oak, Birm­ing­ham, to dis­cuss the amaz­ing tale of Tip­per­ary Mary.

Uxbridge Gazette colum­nist Bar­bara Fisher, who helped write the book on which the film will be based, first met Phyl­lis 11 years ago when she nursed her own mother and they be­came friends.

“Phyl­lis is a very spe­cial per­son and I al­ways knew her story was ex­tra­or­di­nary,” she said. “The only one sur­prised by the mas­sive me­dia in­ter­est and huge swell of sup­port from the pub­lic is Phyl­lis her­self !”

n FILM STAR: Bar­bara Fisher with Phyl­lis Whit­sell at a book sign­ing at Water­stones in Uxbridge

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