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The Topless Widow

A lawyer’s former model mother has taken to sunbathing topless in her backyard, unable to convince her to stop, he pays her complaining neighbors to construct fences, but then she takes her antics to the front yard, getting arrested and he goes from defending her against obscenity charges, to helping her accept her impending death.

Quincy Marder's mother, Ilene used to be a model 50 years ago. She takes to sunbathing topless in her backyard one day, much to her neighbors' chagrin. Quincy asks her to stop, she refuses, so he pays her neighbors to build fences behind her back. Ilene takes her topless act to the front yard and convinces her card club of elderly ladies to join her. It becomes a movement with many supporters joining in her nude revelry. The police arrest her for indecent exposure, she wants her lawyer son to take her case all the way to the state supreme court as gender discrimination but she's keeping a secret. She's battling an aggressive form of breast cancer. Quincy helps her find her way with this new journey, he ends up having flowers sent to the nurses station at the hospital, she doesn't deal well with illness. All this while having marital problems, a big case blowing up at work and refereeing his children's sibling rivalry.

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Starring Roles For:
susan sarandon
john cusack
Posted:
02/02/2017
Updated:
02/01/2021
Author Bio:
-2020 My 4 Bodies Screencraft Semifinalist (play) -2020 Sandwich Generation Fimmatic Semifinalist (sitcom) -2020 Water (short, preproduction) -2020 Record Man: The Bob Koester Story (in production) -2018 100,000 Miles a Second Writer/Producer (short) -2018 Page Awards Semifinalist -2018 Knight Finalist -2017 Nicholl Quarterfinalist -2017 Page Awards Semifinalist -2017 Knight Finalist -2016 Knight Finalist -2016 True Story Semifinalist for When Doves Cry -2015 Screenwriters Workshop Winner -2012 Champion Screenwriting Competition Finalist for Anatomy of a Town 2012 Contest of Contests Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2011 Writers on the Storm Quarter-Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2011 Chicago Screenwriters Network Finalist for One More Day -2011 Bluecat Fellini Semifinalist for Anatomy of a Town -2010/11: KCBX-FM Radio Production of Anatomy of a Town to air during the 2011 San Luis Obispo Film Festival -2010 Champion Screenwriting Competition Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2010 Santa Fe Writer's Project Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2010 Austin Film Festival Second Round for Anatomy of a Town -2010 SWW-MN Leave 'Em Hooked Winner for Date of Death -2010 IFP-MN Screenplay Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2009 PAGE Awards Quarter Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2009 IFP-MN Screenplay Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2008 SWW-MN Leave 'Em Hooked Finalist for Anatomy of a Town -2006 Fringe Festival Production (Director/Co-Writer) -2004, IFP-MN Screenplay Finalist -University of MN graduate, BA in English Creative Writing.

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