Landing Louise

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LANDING LOUISE

At best, she was aloof and uninterested. At worst, she was antagonistic and curt. From the beginning, Louise Suggs made sure our job wasn’t easy. Charlene reached out several times through phone calls, birthday flowers and handwritten letters. But “Miss Sluggs,” one of four surviving founders, just wasn’t responsive.

Everyone who knew her said the same thing: “Louise? Good luck.” She didn’t want to be in the film. She didn’t know us, and she didn’t trust us. We agreed we’d complete the film without her participation (if necessary), but we dreaded the possibility. Her story deserved telling. We needed her.

Meanwhile, our bare-bones production team was having meeting after meeting with potential supporters. Most were dead ends, defeating and time-consuming, but we trudged on. That’s how I ended up at lunch with Sharon, an LPGA enthusiast and co-worker of a friend. Right away, she was beyond enthusiastic about the work. When I mentioned we couldn’t get an interview with Louise, she lit up.

“I know someone!”

Her friend Kathy was close with Louise. Right away, she called Kathy who said, “That’s funny. I just heard about this film. Is it legit?”

Sharon vetted us to Kathy, and Kathy vetted us to Louise. It was that simple, that serendipitous. We interviewed Louise two months later. It would be our only time with her; she passed away on Aug. 7, 2015. Her voice and story will live through this film, and for that, we are grateful.

-Dana Lee, Writer

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