A former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player, Terry Donahue, and her partner, Pat Henschel, ran a successful interior decorating business while keeping their lesbian relationship a secret from their families for almost seven decades.
The documentary tells the story of the decades-long relationship between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel and their late-in-life health decline and conflicted decision to enter an assisted living facility. Directed by the pair's great-nephew Chris Bolan, A Secret Love features the two women recalling their early love story in the 1940s when they played baseball with the organization that served as the inspiration for A League of Their Own and tracks the family conflict surrounding Terry's declining health.
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And she appeared, stepping from the deep shadows about the church door. Mist clung to her skirts as she turned, slowly, regally, to face him. She was cloaked and veiled, as impenetrable, secret and mysterious as the night.
Though Terry Donahue died in March of 2019 at the age of 93, her nonagenarian wife Pat is still very much alive and speaking out about her life (and the love of her life). And most fortunately for Documentary, she was willing to be featured as April's Doc Star of the Month.
PAT HENSCHEL: Yes, we knew it was going to be a documentary, or something, and I am so pleased that everyone seems to like it. I really can't believe that all of this is happening! Chris worked so hard putting this all together, and I loved how we got to see him all the time.
PH: I just loved watching the ones where I was with Terry and we were having fun. I really love that picture at the end, with the two of us embracing; it is my favorite picture. I think the hardest thing for me to watch was Terry deteriorating. I could see that Parkinson's was starting to destroy her. It was happening right in front of my eyes, and it was so hard to watch.
Donahue's great-nephew, Chris Bolan, directed the film, capturing Donahue's and Henschel's love story after the pair came out to him. The couple had kept their relationship hidden from both of their families for more than six decades. 59ce067264