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|The War Brides: From Romance to Reality
| February 9, 2001 - Lloyd and Olga Rains with Producers Cherylyn Brookes and Christine Dubue-Bertrim following the world premiere of The War Brides: From Romance to Reality.
Kiss the Bride Productions of Ottawa, Ontario, has produced a one hour documentary on the history of the Canadian War Brides of World War Two called The War Brides: From Romance to Reality. To purchase the film, go to the History Television Boutique.
Featuring interviews with more than one dozen War Brides from across Canada, the documentary premiered on Canada's History Television on Valentine's Day, 2001.
The War Brides: From Romance to Reality is the name of the book written by Peggy O'Hara, who gave permission to lend the name of her wonderful book to this first-of-its-kind documentary.
From Romance to Reality was co-produced by Christine Dubue-Bertrim and Cherylyn Brooks of Ottawa, and directed by Anne Hainsworth of Toronto. Both Christine and Anne are daughters of Canadian War Brides and so they bring to this film a special passion that ensures a sensitive portrayal of the war bride story.
The film features interviews with numerous Canadian War Brides of various nationalities, including English War Bride Jean Spear of Ottawa, Dutch War Bride Olga Rains of the Netherlands, English War Bride Doris Lloyd of Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Italian War Bride Anna Lavigne of Bathurst, New Brunswick, and Scottish War Bride Chris McCarley of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Well known Canadian historian Desmond Morton provides background on the military experience and War Bride historian, Melynda Jarratt, comments on the experiences of these women settling into Canada after the war years.
Canadian War Brides (and husbands) who appear in The War Brides: From Romance to Reality
Mabel Mann - Ontario
Esme Butler - Ontario
Jean Spear and her husband George - Ontario
Doris Lloyd - Plaster Rock, New Brunswick
Anna Lavigne and her husband Aurele - Bathurst, New Brunswick
Ann Byle - Ontario
Jeanne Moyearts - Ontario
Joanna (Jean) Coulter - Ontario
Pauline Dubue - Ontario
Chris McCarley - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Olga Rains and her husband Lloyd - Haarlem, The Netherlands
Ross Coulter - Ontario
If you would like more information on From Romance to Reality, please contact History Television.