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Ashley Judd and NPH to Star in Biopic of the Queen of Anti-Gay Bigots Anita Bryant

Ashley Judd and Neil Patrick Harris have been cast for the title roles in “Anita,” a biopic on Anita Bryant, a former TV pitchwoman who lead her “Save The Children” campaign against Florida’s anti-discrimination ordinances and in the process lit a fire under the gay rights movement which would destroy her marriage and her career.

Chad Hodge, the man behind TNT series ‘Good Behavior’, will write and direct the film which will be produced by Howard Rosenman and Darren Star, Variety reported.

In the film, Harris plays the role of Hodge, who spent significant time with Bryant in her Oklahoma home while researching the history.

“As a gay man and a writer who likes to explore complex, messy characters” said Hodge. “I’ve always thought about Anita Bryant. How could this celebrity who espoused Christian goodness and orange juice through song suddenly use those platforms to go on a nationwide anti-gay crusade and overturn gay rights laws?”

Principal photography will start in September. Tim Duffy will also produce. Michael W. Gray will exec produce.

No mention if a fruit pie will co-star.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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2 thoughts on “Ashley Judd and NPH to Star in Biopic of the Queen of Anti-Gay Bigots Anita Bryant”

  1. I was so-o-o embarrassed to be from Oklahoma during this time. I was also quite disturbed to find out just how bigoted my family was. To them she could do no wrong. I kept pointing out all of her screwups and they just didn’t care. What a witch!

  2. “Lead” is either a present-tense verb or a heavy, soft metal. I’m pretty sure that first sentence should have the past-tense verb “led.”

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