Norma McCorvey, otherwise known as the Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade, can add “actress” to her wide-ranging resume, with a small role in the psychological thrilled Doonby. Described as a cross between It’s a Wonderful Life and Crazy Heart, Doonby is about a drifter and the citizens of a small Texas town. McCorvey plays one of the townspeople, who tries to convince another woman not to have an abortion.
Despite her association with the pro-choice side of one of this country’s most famous court cases, it’s actually quite fitting that Norma McCorvey is playing an anti-choice woman. After all, that’s the role that she has chosen in real life, too. For years, McCorvey and her long-time partner, Connie Gonzalez, were harassed by anti-choicers; at one point, the harassment—which included shots being fired at her house—got so bad that McCorvey had to move out of state. In a 1994 New York Times profile, McCorvey is open not just about the harassment and fear, but her relationship with Gonzalez, her thoughts on Sarah Weddington, and her role in Roe. Her candor and resolve make what happened later that year and the next all the more surprising. [Read more...]