Untitled Anita Bryant Film

Release date:TBD


Director:Darren Star

MPAA Rating:N/A



Genre:Drama, Biography

Plot Summary:

Biopic of former beauty queen, singer and celebrity pitchwoman Anita Bryant, who is known mostly for her work as an anti-gay activist. Bryant, who was born to a religious Oklahoma family in 1940, had won Arthur Godfrey's talent show and a Miss Oklahoma pageant and finished as second runner-up for Miss America. In 1959 and '60, she was a major pop star with three million-selling records, projecting a wholesome image, began plugging such blue-chip companies as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and Holiday Inn. Her most famous celebrity endorsement gig was for the Florida Citrus Commission, for which she sang in a series of TV commercials, closing each ad with the tag line, "A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine." By the mid-'70s, Bryant was a Christian celebrity. In 1977, she switched to political activism, launching a crusade to repeal a new Miami-Dade County ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Bryant's outspoken activism led to a nationwide boycott by the gay rights movement.