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Montrose Voice, No. 325-B, January 16, 1987 - File 003. 1987-01-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1465/show/1442.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 325-B, January 16, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date January 16, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 2 MONTROSE VOICE / JANUARY 16, 1987 Authors' Rights to be Tested in 'Bell Jar' Trial BOSTON (UPI)—Jury selection continued Thursday in a suit against the makers of a 1979 film based on Sylvia Plath's novel about suicide, The Bell Jar. that pits the right of authors to .express themselves against the individual's right to privacy. The defamation suit is against the television movie, not the book, but the case could have long-range implications for writers of fiction who create characters based on real people, a defense lawyer said Wednesday, Jan. 14. Jane Anderson, 55, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, filed suit in U.S. District Court. Jury selection, expected to last several days, began Wednesday. Anderson charged defamation of character, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional harm as a result of the movie, in which a character Anderson alleges is based on her is depicted as a lesbian. The suit names Ted Hughes, the poet laureate of England and the widower of Plath, who killed herself in 196.'t. Hughes, executor of Plath's estate, sold motion picture rights to the book to a number of parties. Plath, in her bestselling 1961 book, told the story of Esther Greenwood and her long battle with mental illness, which drove her to the brink of suicide. A key character in the semi- autobiographical book was named Joan Gilling. Gilling developed a close relationship with the Greenwood character. Harry Manion, Anderson's lawyer, said Anderson, who was a friend of Plath's, was identified by name as the model for Joan Gilling in two biographies of Plath published in the 1970s. Anderson objected in the suit to the movie, portions of which she claimed were "careless" and contained elements not included in the book. She claimed no objection to the book. She specifically objected to portions of the movie that depicted homosexual advances on the part ofthe Gilling character toward the Greenwood character. "The defendants knew or should have known they were dealing with autobiographical material. Then they made up a scene in the movie that defamed my client. Their behavior was careless," Manion said. Defense lawyers responded that, although the movie was autobiographical, the Gilling character was entirely fictional. "Our position is that this case is based on fiction and that no one is identified, no one is harmed," said Hughes' lawyer, Victor Kovnor. "(The suit) is a very troublesome intrusion on the rights of free expression by authors to create characters based in part on their life's experience." He said Hughes had never heard of Anderson until the suit was filed in 1982. Alexander Pratt, lawyer for the other defendants, said, "The movie is a fic- tionalization of a fictional novel. There are two layers of fiction." Where Your Friends Live 3 pools, free cable, utilities paid and new exercise facilities Only 20 Units Left (713) 621-7880 Another Fine linger Property Judge Robert Keeton said he expected the trial to last three weeks. The suit, which names AVCO Embassy Pictures and the television movie's director and screenwriter among the 14 defendants, asks $6 million in damages and an end to the broadcasting and distribution of the movie. Call 529-8490 and You will be in Next Week's Newspaper of Montrose I American Heart Association BETTER LAUJnS &QARDERS Total lawn maintenance Commercial—Residential • Landscape • Trash Remoual • Chimney Sweep • Tree Ser.ice • Stumps Removed • Complete Sprinkler Systems FREE ESTIMATES! BEST PRICES! 523-LAWN Southwest Funeral Directors 528-3851 1218 Welch Houston, Texas Servicing the Community (Off SO) PAUL KAMM)IJ'HJ(>H\.S<)\ PRODUCTIONS TOM II VI BU* I IJJHAN msssm I INNE BE/UTS E___UE CREENWt. H MELAME MINTZ JACK HEIFNEH li;\ RHODES HICHAE1 \\V\X\ PAUL RANDOLPH-JOHNSON Thurs.-Sun., January 8-25 Student Rush 1/2 hr. before curtain- i I
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