Friday, May 29, 2015

Tales of Cookie's Fortune

I was watching Cookie's Fortune the other day. If you haven't seen the movie, it is an interesting comedy/drama set in Holly Springs, Mississippi.


The movie was filmed in Holly Springs in the late 1990's.  My grandmother, Mrs. Mary E. Wyatt, was still alive and in charge of The Depot.  The Depot was not a main feature in the film but you can get glimpses of it in the background.
Cookie's Fortune. Dir. Robert Altman. Perf. Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Patricia Neal, 1999. DVD.

The crew asked Mrs. Wyatt to use the door facing Phillips as the door to the honky tonk.  Learning that it was for a drinking establishment my grandmother encouraged them to use The Compress instead.

My aunt, Gwendolynn Wyatt, remembers watching the director through the window under The Depot's awning.  They did an entire day of filming at Phillips but the scene was eventually cut.

A lot of locals were excited to see how movies were made and to catch glimpses of talented actors traipsing around Holly Springs.

The Depot did not have many screen shots but some items from The Depot did.

Cookie's Fortune. Dir. Robert Altman. Perf. Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Patricia Neal, 1999. DVD.
The stove that my grandmother cried over is pictured above.  It was the only appliance Mrs. Wyatt ever felt emotionally attached to.  It originally had four eyes and a vat for a deep fryer.

My aunt, when she was four, said she was going to fix her friend some lunch since no one else was doing it.  She dumped a whole jar of pickles in the deep fryer, turned it on, and left it to play in another room. My great grandmother, Mrs. Mary Aline Kerr, discovered the mess when she smelt the burning food and saw the hole that burnt right through the fryer.  Mrs. Kerr saved The Depot from a possible fire and my aunt Gwen saved the family from fried food. Mrs. Wyatt exchanged the destroyed fryer for two more eyes on top of the stove.  The six eyed stove survived numerous family meals and parties for decades to come.

After it died, my grandmother refused to dump something that had been with her for 30 years.  She stored it downstairs at The Depot until the film crew of Cookie's Fortune started asking around for old kitchen appliances.
Cookie's Fortune. Dir. Robert Altman. Perf. Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Patricia Neal, 1999. DVD.

They took this stove and the refrigerator (pictured above) and put them in Cookie's house (The Magnolias).   I'm not sure what happened to the stove but the refrigerator ended up at the Freight Depot.  I am glad that my grandmother's favorite appliances were given one last hurrah on the silver screen. It was a good send off for her trustworthy kitchen aids.

My aunt also remembers Glenn Close staying in town and getting the local vet, David Childers to take a look at her dogs.  Her pets were in good hands at Willow Bend Animal Clinic!

Photo of David Childers named state "Veterinarian of The Year."
From left to right:  Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Dr. David Childers, and Dr. Mike Thompson.
Cite: Unknown. "Childers named state Veterinarian of Year."  The South Reporter [Holly Springs] 4 March 2010. South Reporter Archives. Web. 28 May 2015 Accessed.


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