March 23, 2011 |
Veteran producer and talent manager Larry Thompson was captivated by the true story of the Amish community in Nickel Mines, Pa., that somehow managed to forgive a gunman who killed five girls in a 2006 schoolhouse shooting. Thompson believed the story would make for an inspiring TV movie about the power of faith and forgiveness, but he knew the dark subject matter would be a tough sell in Hollywood. In fact, the Lifetime Movie Network initially passed on the story, though it eventually agreed to broadcast the film.
November 23, 2012 |
Larry A. Thompson has long been fascinated with celebrity couples who "fly so close to the sun. " Sonny and Cher, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are duos featured in several television movies developed by the veteran producer. For years, he's wanted to create a movie around one of Hollywood's most famous and scandalous couples, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He contends - and who could argue? - that the volcanic emotions fueling the courtship, marriages and breakups of the on- and off-screen couple gave birth to the obsessive celebrity culture that blossomed into the tsunami of today's tabloids, paparazzi and gossip websites: "They were the first Brangelina.
June 2, 1985
Pierre David was named executive vice president of the Larry A. Thompson Organization, Los Angeles.