True-life story to become movie
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