I have been shoulder deep in books that I just cannot put down, and of course, I add more to my collection (my husband contributes as well when he is traveling and he sees a bookstore).
This post is about a very heartwarming and hilarious story called Calendar Girl.
It was a crazy idea and good for a laugh at the time. When Tricia Stewart proposed a more risqué treatment of her local Women’s Institute’s annual calendar, which normally featured pretty scenes from nature, laughing alongside her was John Baker, the husband of the soon-to-be Miss February, Angela. When John passed away from cancer, the Ladies of Rylstone decided that posing nude for the calendar and donating the proceeds was one way to honor his memory and cope with this devastating loss.
No one could have predicted what happened next. The calendar began to sell, and soon the whole world, it seemed, was interested in their story, with an American tour following and appearances on the Today show, 20/20, CNN, and the Tonight Show. Calendar Girls explores the phenomenon that The Ladies of Rylstone became, recounting with warmth and humor the moments of an exhilarating journey that transformed the lives of the remarkable women who became international sensations.
I LOVED the book and the movie. Well, anything with Helen Mirren is amazing, and she is beautiful, smart, and witty. I have always wanted to read the book, and of course, watch the movie. So when I was able to find these gems at the used book store and the used DVD stores, I grabbed them up. I was on a mission.
If you love a laugh, and a cry, please, read and watch the story. It is heartwarming, and beautifully done. The book has the original pictures used in the calendar, the movie has a bonus feature where the actual women (and the men who helped) talked about the story and their thoughts on the story and how they felt when they were all nude in the pictures. Go pick them both up now!