The Incredible Journey of `Christy' Catherine Marshall's Story Took a Long, Slow Path to TV

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The Incredible Journey of `Christy' Catherine Marshall's Story Took a Long, Slow Path to TV


Lynn Elber Of the, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


THE best-selling Catherine Marshall novel "Christy," about a spirited young schoolteacher in Appalachia, turned out to be a hard sell when it came to Hollywood.

For nearly two decades, producer Ken Wales tried on and off to make a film out of Marshall's dramatized account of her mother's life. It took the return of family drama to television to bring the project to life.

"Christy," with Kellie Martin in the title role and co-starring Tyne Daly, makes its debuts as a two-hour movie on CBS (7 tonight on Channel 4), followed by six one-hour episodes beginning at x p.m. Thursday.

It joins a small, sudden wave of family oriented TV series, including "The Road Home," "The Byrds of Paradise" and the sophomore "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."

The frustrating effort to bring "Christy" to the screen took 18 years - which happens to be about the age of its teen-age star, Wales notes.

"A lot of people along the way have made fun of me, saying `Oh, Ken's still at it. Why don't you tell us about "Christy," ho, ho,' " he recounts.

"But there were some wonderful friends who said, `Don't give up.' "

The critically acclaimed "Christy," published in 1967, tells the story of a 19-year-old who leaves her city home in 1912 to teach at a mission school in the desperately poor Tennessee hamlet of Cutter Gap.

The story closely parallels that of Leonora Wood, Marshall's mother, who came of age as a young teacher in Del Rio, Tenn. The novel, which has sold 8 million copies internationally, is in its 84th printing.

"I think this is exactly what - television needs right now, with all the controversy over violence," says Martin, who appeared for four seasons as Becca on the ABC series "Life Goes On."

The character of Christy Huddleston is determined, energetic and "always looks for the good in people," the actress says.

Wales' first brush with "Christy" was in 1969, when he was working on a film at MGM and another producer was readying Marshall's book for the screen. But when the studio was sold, "Christy" and other projects stalled.

"They just banished them to the basement of the studio," Wales says.

It was in 1975, after he saw a poster advertising a speech by Marshall, that he first picked up the novel and found his interest sparked.

"I read it two days straight and said this is really good material," Wales recalls. …

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