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A Secret Love (2020)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 29 April 2020 (USA)
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Falling in love in 1947, two women -- Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue -- begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice.


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Cast overview:
Terry Donahue ... Self
Pat Henschel ... Self
Diana Bolan ... Self - Terry's Niece
Kim Donahue ... Self - Diana's Brother / Terry's Nephew
Tammy Donahue ... Self - Diana's Sister / Terry's Niece
Jack Xagas ... Self - Friend of Terry and Pat
John Byrd ... Self - Friend of Terry and Pat
John Sorenson ... Self - Date County Florida, Morals and Juvenile Squad (archive footage) (as Detective John Sorenson)
Yvonne Zipter ... Self - Author, Manuscript Editor, University of Chicago Press
Marge Summit ... Self - Activist, Former Bar Owner, his 'n hers
Tracy Baim ... Self - Publisher, Windy City Times / Author, Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer
Jeff Samburg ... Self - Physical Trainer (as Jeff Sandberg)
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Falling in love in 1947, two women -- Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue -- begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice.

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Pat Henschel: It's called "Always - I'll Remember This Night."
[reads poem]
Pat Henschel: "It might have been just one more walk / Beneath a moonlight hue / But darling - it meant everything / Because I walked with you / It might have been just one more night / A single night of seven / My darling - you were there with me / 'Twas one more night of heaven / On we sauntered seldom speaking / As we passed through Moonlight Lane / Happiness walked there inside me / When you smiled and called my name / Hours fled like winged ...
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Beautiful documentary of love, prejudice, and growing old
29 April 2020 | by fewald139See all my reviews

"You kind of broke the rules your whole life." "Yes, I have," Terry replies. "That's why I'm happy."

A Secret Love is a documentary about the love of two women--Pat and Terry--that started in 1947 and continues to this day, regardless of the limited time mortality gave them. It gives backstory for both these remarkable women, and it also delves into the history of prejudice in regards to LGBT couples (one example being bar raids which were efforts to apprehend possible LGBT people by judging their attire). The documentary is filmed in the late 2010s, covering the end-of-life plans of the couple and giving us their history along the way.

Pat and Terry's story is beautiful, as is the love their most open-minded family members give them as they grow comfortable with coming out completely in an era where it's acceptable. A Secret Love should also be commended for its focus on the heart-breaking reality that all lives must come to an end, and we must adequately prepare for that. The couple's move from their own home to assisted living is documented here, as is the crushing decision to go through all their belongings and decide how to part with them.

A Secret Love isn't a comprehensive documentary on the history of LGBT prejudice in America, but it is a personal and intimate look at two amazing women who had to hide who they truly were most of their lives in order to be happy. At times heart-breaking but always beautiful, A Secret Love at least promises a happy ending to seven decades of dedicated love between these two. If you have any interest in true love stories or LGBT history in America, A Secret Love is worth your time.

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