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By Greg Goodsell
1/20/2011 (8 years ago)
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Hallmark Hall of Fame film stars TV icon Betty White in dramatic role

T.V. icon Betty White, at 89 years young is starring in the latest Hallmark Hall of Fame TV film, "The Lost Valentine." The film, due to broadcast on January 30th at 9 p.m. on CBS, tells the story of a World War II widow who faithfully awaits for the return of her navy husband every Valentine's Day. "Lost Valentine" is a departure for White, as the actress is usually associated with comedy, as "Valentine" deals with faithfulness, the power of love and the grieving process.

Betty White, with Jennifer Love Hewitt stars in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie 'The Lost Valentine,' about a World War II widow who awaits her husband missing in action at the train station every Valentine's Day.

Betty White, with Jennifer Love Hewitt stars in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie "The Lost Valentine," about a World War II widow who awaits her husband missing in action at the train station every Valentine's Day.


By Greg Goodsell
Catholic Online (
1/20/2011 (8 years ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: The Lost Valentine, Betty White, World War II, grieving process

P>LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Valentine's" producer, Barbara Gangi says she read the book by James Michael Pratt awhile ago when the script for the very same book landed on her desk.

"When I read the book, I thought it would make a good move, and lo and behold the script made its way to me," Gangi says. She also notes that "Valentine" is the 242nd film made by Hallmark Hall of Fame, and in all their years, there was never a production based on Valentine's Day. "So this story seemed a natural," Gangi says.

"The Lost Valentine" traces the travails of White, played during World War II by Meaghan Fahey, as they work to build a life together before the nation calls her husband into the armed services. Receiving notice that her husband is "missing in action," White is determined to wait for her husband as "missing is not the same as dead!" She begins a ritual of awaiting her husband each Valentine's Day at the train station every year. A TV journalist, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt thinks the vigil makes for a good story, setting in process a search for White's husband.

The story had particular resonance for many of the people involved. Father Eric Andrews, president of Paulist Productions, and co-producer of "The Last Valentine" says that the film's story recalls the plight of his grandmother.

"My grandmother saw her husband go off to war, and she later learned that he died in the Battle of the Bulge," Father Andrews says. "All she got were his dog tags, and so she was left with four children to raise all by herself. He was remembered every Veteran's Day, which was a particularly hard day for her."

According to Gangi, the role had special resonance for Betty White as well, who never remarried following the death of her beloved husband Alan Ludden in 1981.

While a lot of the subject matter of the film is very solemn, producer Gangi says that White was a delight to work with. "She was just a bundle of energy. She insisted that everyone on the set call her Betty, whenever anyone referred to her as 'Miss White.'

"She was the best cheerleader for the crew. We would have long days, and she would be saying, 'when is the next scene?' Come on!'" Gangi laughs.


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