Natalee Holloway’s mother gets dual showcases on the Lifetime network
Six years after Natalee Holloway disappeared, her mother is about to appear plentifully on the home screen.
Beth Holloway has continued to probe what happened to her daughter during a high-school graduation trip to Aruba. Just before she launches her own unscripted show, she’ll be played again by Tracy Pollan. The Lifetime TV movie sequel “Justice for Natalee Holloway” premieres Monday, May 9, followed immediately by the debut of “Vanished With Beth Holloway” and its profiles of others searching for missing relatives. (The series’ regular Wednesday run starts two nights later.)
“Where I am now, my mission is to help other families bring their missing loved ones home,” says Holloway, an Arkansas native who has lived in Alabama since 2000. “I feel my perpetrator (prime suspect Joran van der Sloot) is in prison, so I have a bit more tangible information about Natalee’s disappearance and the case surrounding it. I want so much to have every opportunity for other families, I never want it to be about me anymore. Most people (in similar circumstances) probably do get to that point.”
The prospect of reprising her 2009 portrayal of Holloway (identified in that film as Beth Twitty, her former married name) was “really hard” for Pollan.
“I have to say, of all the things I’ve done, it definitely took the biggest toll on me emotionally,” the actress maintains. “I was very happy to leave that project, just in terms of moving on ... so when they came to me (about ‘Justice for Natalee Holloway’), I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it again.’ ”
Dedicated to portraying Beth Holloway as “not just passive and reactive, because that’s not who she is,” Pollan deems her “a very intelligent, very straightforward person when you’re speaking to her.”
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Tracy Pollan plays Beth Holloway in “Justice for Natalee Holloway.”