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My current Project Title:
Lady Jessie: A Vietnam Story
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About me - current project:
As a public historian, I most enjoy producing and writing films in that genre. Lady Jessie: A Vietnam Story was a project born of wanting to tell the story of these amazing heroes.
Jessie Beck of Reno, Nevada was working in her husband's gambling business when she met Richard Perry, a college student from nearby Carlin. During their few years of working together, they forged a real and enduring friendship. But by 1965, Dick's casino years and his college days were far in the past; he was now LCDR Richard 'Dick' Perry, one of the Navy's fiercest fighting Ghost Riders pilots in Vietnam. Jessie, meanwhile, was on her way to becoming the first woman to own a major casino in the state of Nevada. She began sending care packages to her casino friend, Dick Perry. She sent more and more and more: a new chapter in their friendship and fate had begun. Jessie's name would someday become a legacy in the sky.
This is LADY JESSIE.
**Thank you to Martin Anaya and SFF for the selection of our latest project LADY JESSIE to the 2020 Sacramento Film Foundation! **This is one of those stories that might have disappeared if not for the love and loyalty of squadron mates, family members, a few historians, journalists and a wonderfully talented artist ...thank you to everyone who revived and recaptured their memories, emotions, details, mementos, pictures, friendships and more. ... a weaving of devotion, honor and courage, generosity, legacy and love.
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