there is no mention of billie jean jones, or her short marriage to williams, for better or worse in the film. nor of baby jett williams, for that matter. the movie was enjoyable entertainment, at the time, and miss audrey reportedly, had a heavy hand in the script development. in all fairness; miss audrey deserved credit for her early management of mr. williams' career. but; the story tapered off largely after their divorce. for all of it's critisism, george hamilton was very good in the part, reportedly intended for elvis presley. but perhaps, fans were unwilling, or unable, to accept the true story of williams at the time; in 1964'
however, the family has been unusually forthcoming in the true story of hank williams career, and death, in recent years. fairly recently, the,'mother's best flour shows,' fell into the hands of daughter, jett williams,. who copywrtited them, and released them through time/life music. also, the, 'country music hall of fame,' in nashville, obtained rare family artifacts through hank williams jr,, and a very rare interview with william's stepdaughter lycretia williams cooper, in an effort to set the record straight, it may be the very last in this lifetime.
a new film, featuring young henry thomas, promises to chronicle williams final days, called, 'the last ride.' williams' 1952 cadillac convertable remains on display in montgomery, alabama. audrey williams passed away in 1975, amisd financial difficulties, in nashville, in 1975, at age 52.
The movie was pretty good - I was happy w/ George Hamilton's performance; but I agree - the story was a bit ridiculous. It's been a number of years since I've read some bios on Hank, but to me the movie was focused too much on Audrey and how she basically "made" Hank Williams, and I don't think that's entirely true. I'm sure she did push him hard, and even though that is depicted in the movie, I still don't think she realized that was a detriment herself. I figured she must've had a heavy-hand in the script, b/c it seemed so self-serving to her, and of course the complete absence of Hank's family after Audrey.
"Are you going to your grave with unlived lives in your veins?" ~ The Good Girl