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Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff Jane Roe In The Landmark Case, Roe V. Wade, Makes Hollywood Acting Debut In New Film ‘Doonby’

McCorvey Portrays a Woman Who Helps Unravel a Town Secret in the Mystery/Drama Set for a September Release. Norma McCorvey, the real-life plaintiff Jane Roe in the 1973 United States Supreme Court landmark case Roe v. Wade, is making her first appearance as a Hollywood actress in a short cameo role she filmed for the new motion picture, “Doonby,” announced Peter Mackenzie, the film’s writer and director.

The Rev. Flip Benham baptizing Norma (Jane Roe) McCorvey in his Dallas backyard swimming pool (Photo courtesy of WORLD MAGAZINE)

In the mystery/drama, McCorvey plays the elderly Nancy Thurber who helps unravel the truth about the life of Sam Doonby (John Schneider, “Dukes of Hazzard,” “Smallville,”) a drifter who suddenly appears in a small Texas town.

According to a news release from MJM Entertainment, McCorvey’s performance is already being described by insiders as both controversial and electrifying, with one journalist who has seen the film, John Mark Reynolds of noting, “The raw and emotional performance produced authentic tension. McCorvey incarnates American ambivalence toward abortion. First she sided with choice and later with life. Her experience gives power to this fine film.”

In a nod to her role in history as the woman responsible for obtaining the right to choose for American women, McCorvey’s character Thurber offers advice to a young woman who is herself considering the procedure. The powerful scene is already generating chatter among those who have attended sneak previews of the film, including myself and my wife Norma.

As the writer/director of this provocative film, Mackenzie takes the audience on a journey of intrigue and suspense as Doonby’s past begins to unravel from the moment he accepts a job in the town. It’s McCorvey’s character Nancy, who is pivotal as locals seek to understand and accept the truth about him.

“I wasn’t seeking out an acting role, but after I read the script I knew I had to play Nancy because it seemed to have been written especially for me,” said McCorvey.” She was a woman whose life journey I recognized. I accepted the part because of the storyline where my character uses this experience to advise others about to make critical decisions.”

It was only after McCorvey was selected did the producers realize, to their amazement, that she was living in the same small Texas town of Smithville where they had chosen to shoot their film, previously home to movies like “Hope Floats” and Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life.”

“We had always hoped that Norma would be interested in being a part of our film when we began the casting process,” Mackenzie reflects. “We thought she would bring something to the table but, the fact that she was living in Smithville (pop 3.902) just blew us away, I mean what were the chances? It was just another of the series of coincidences that came together to make this film happen. It’s all quite breathtaking as if a bit of destiny is at work in this movie.”

McCorvey joins leading cast members John Schneider, Robert Davi (“Goonies,” “Criminal Minds”), Jenn Gotzon (“Frost/Nixon”), Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters,” “The Secret Life of an American Teenager”), Jennifer O’Neill (“Summer of ‘42”), Joe Estevez (“A Perfect Life,” “Insignificant Celluloid”) and Will Wallace (“The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”).

“Doonby” has wrapped post-production and is now involved in wide-scale screenings, including one this month at the Cannes Film Festival on the morning of May 14th at the Arcades One Theater. Early reviews of the inspiring story comment on the influences of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Sixth Sense” and J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls” with its riveting final twist. Mackenzie is thrilled with that description and is excited by the plaudits it is receiving as the film crosses the country in strategic screenings before its nationwide theatrical release in the fall.

To learn more about the film and view the movie trailer featuring McCorvey’s debut, visit:

About Doonby

Written and directed by Peter Mackenzie, “Doonby” was produced by Mike Mackenzie, Mark Joseph, Tommy Warren and Dawn Kranz and the film’s marketing is led by MJM Entertainment whose marketing portfolio has included 21 films including “Holes,” “Ray,” “Because of Winn Dixie,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” Facing The Giants and “The Passion of The Christ.” For more information on “Doonby” go to

For more details, please contact Cindy Ronzoni
PR Consultant to MJM Group
Cell: 310-880-1961

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