Bette To Play Helen Hunt’s Mother in “Then She Found Me”: It’s Looking Like A Sure Bette!

Mister D: Set to start shooting in New York on Sept. 5, 2006.

The Boston Globe
Lipman novel finds way to silver screen
July 6, 2006

At last, Elinor Lipman’s fine first novel, Then She Found Me is bound for the big screen. Seventeen years after Hollywood first called the Northampton novelist, a major motion picture based on her book is set to start shooting in New York. A rep for Big Apple-based Killer Films told us yesterday that Helen Hunt, who not only wrote the script but will also direct and star, gets going Sept. 5. (Published in 1990, “Then She Found Me” is about a schoolteacher named April whose adoptive parents die just as her slightly unhinged biological mom, Bernice, reappears.) Bette Midler plays Bernice, and Woody Harrelson also costars. Asked if she’s gratified that the movie’s finally getting off the ground, Lipman allowed she is. “But after 17 years, you don’t start sewing sequins on your clothes,” she said. Another of Lipman’s books, “The Ladies’ Man,” has been optioned by Tom Hanks’s production company, and Oscar winner Robert Benton is set to direct.

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