Falling in love in 1947, two women — Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue – begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice. Amid shifting times, two women kept their decades-long love a secret. But coming out later in life comes with its own set of challenges. this documentary is available on Netflix and it has a lovely IMDB rating 8.2 which makes it interesting to watch.
As intently focused as it is on these two people, “A Secret Love” dovetails with other documentaries about the oppressive environment faced by the LGBTQ community, such as last year’s Cold War-era PBS documentary “The Lavender Scare.”
At its core, though, this is a love story, as Bolan keeps capturing tender little gestures and moments that underscore the depth of this relationship, one that had already spanned six decades when these by-then octogenarians and couples like them were finally afforded the legal right to marry.
these incredible women had to defy the odds in their time of age when society was so against them and their community. They are so incredibly strong and influential for doing that. But the story is ultimately about the love that two people share for each other despite anything else. I was so incredibly touched by this story because at the end of the day when you’re old and grey the only thing that matters most in life is that you shared it with the person that makes you happy and your family. This documentary perfectly conveys that.
- Chris Bolan
- Chris Bolan, Alexa L. Foge
- Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel, Diana Bolan and more