Mark Twain & Mary Baker Eddy - A film by Val Kilmer


Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy is a spiritual genius. Fearless, stunning, tenacious, she has achieved fame and fortune as a best-selling author and sought-after healer. Her most outspoken critic and admirer is the sharp-tongued and irreverent Mark Twain who calls her “garrulous, ungrammatical and naively and everlastingly self-contradictory” but concedes that she is “the most daring and masterful woman that ever lived, and the most extraordinary.”

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409 Responses to “Mary Baker Eddy”

  1. Cameron Dias or Tina Fey

  2. Anna Davenport says:

    Carrie-Ann Moss

  3. Michael says:

    Julia Roberts.

  4. Christina Beisel says:

    Annette Bening

  5. Gennifer says:

    Joan Allen

  6. Gennifer says:

    Mary steenberg

  7. Jennifer Knight says:

    Me. I am methodically and exactly perfect for this vision. It will be my first and final acting role in film. I can’t explain why I feel so strongly, but I did my part by posting this. Thank you for your time.

  8. Georgia Engel- She has a natural kindness in her eyes that is perfect for the role.

  9. Ellen Dennis says:

    Laura Linney, though I think Joan Allen or Annette Benning would be good choices. I would hope the actress would empathize with the monumental work of MBE. She must be able to bring forth sensitivity underpinned by the steel resolve that MBE’s spiritual strength embodied.

  10. Kelly says:

    Marcia Gay Harden

  11. Suzanne says:

    Joan Allen or Holly Hunter

  12. JoAnn Smart says:

    Debra Winger
    Great eyes like Mary Baker Eddie. Independent and unique style.

  13. Sarah V. Gray says:

    I thought of Joan Allen immediately…

  14. Pam says:

    Georgia Engel. She already has that “other-worldly” air about her.

  15. Kim says:

    Jeanne Tripplehorn or Kristin Scott Thomas

  16. Robert Macpherson says:

    My choice Kate Blanchett

  17. scottie wilkerson says:

    Joan Allen, she appears strong willed but not overbearing. Joan also has an underlying sense of kindness and vulnerability. Annette Benning would also be good but could come off as too strong.

  18. scottie wilkerson says:

    I just noticed that Robert suggested Cate Blanchette. He is right, on the other hand Ms Blanchette is so talented she could play any role she wanted. If Mr Kilmer decides not to portray Twain himself, I’m sure she could do it for him.

  19. Joyce Gipson says:

    Mary Steenburgen or Helen Mirren. Fine actors who bring depth to their characters.

  20. Trisha says:

    I like Paget Brewster for the role, although Joan Allen is a good choise as well.

  21. Gypzyroze says:

    I see Holly Hunter here.

  22. MDavis says:

    Holly Hunter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio or Maria Bello.

  23. Vicki Evans says:

    Mary Steenburgen

  24. hilde says:

    Mila Kunis.Andie McDowell.

  25. Rosy Goacher says:

    Susan Sarandon

  26. Dee says:

    Joan Allen or Cate Blanchett.

  27. Cynthia says:

    Only one choice: Kate Blanchett

    She would be perfect!

  28. Bob Weitman says:

    Mrs Eddy’s personal character is complex. She is wise but pure. She is weak at times physically, but strong in her devotions. The eyes of the actor that portrays Mrs. Eddy must be able to convey a range of emotions. Kind eyes, eyes that can see right through any pretense and yet be a pool of calm. The eyes are key.

    You may have to use an unknown actor for this role. A young actress that can be made to look older perhaps. The only name that comes to mind is Elisabeth Shue.

  29. Ann Taylor says:

    Amanda Root; lovely, petite, beautiful large eyes.

  30. clare says:

    Mary B.Eddy had, a deep spirituality. I think its going to be hard to get a known actress to play Mary B.Eddy. It would be nice if it was an unknown that definatly has a deep spirituality like Marys. I dont think the audiance will see Mary if the actress was well known. And i dont want people to think your film is pants, so get an unknown. And if want Mary to speak through that vacuum, film, you need a lady that truley is pure. And to be honist i dont see many Hollywood actress rolling up their sleaves and healing the sick and helping the poor and coming home stinking with no gas for hot water and no food in the cubbord. So Mr Kilmer lets see how much you truly love Mary, will you do her justice? you never know she maybe watching you…peace be with you :o )

  31. Colleen says:

    At a glance she will appear plain, but once she is engaged in conversation, a bright, confident woman emerges. She will be fierce in her convictions, tenacious in her efforts this actor will be like Mary Baker Eddy; unknown at first… unforgettable after.

    Look past appearance, seek the soul.

  32. Don says:

    Marcia Gay Harden or Julianne Moore

  33. Rosemary says:

    Suzanne Palanuk

  34. Kathleen says:

    Simple….Mary-Louise Parker….She would be a perfect choice

  35. cindy says:

    The actress that first came to mind is Ann Hathaway. In all her films and watching Ann hosting the Academy Awards last year, there is something very unique about her. I remember and interview with Ann and I was in awe of her depth of character. Kate Blanchet would also be another suggestion, but I would have to listen to her talk in an interview.
    Maybe an unknown would be a good suggestion. Sometimes this has been the answer in some very wonderful films in the past.
    Anyways, Ann Hathaway would be someone I would ask.

  36. Candace Cooke says:

    Judy Dench

  37. Peter Watkins says:

    Julie Andrews

  38. Theresa Talley says:

    Sally Fields, because of her kindness and the public view of her in connection with the flying nun.

  39. cindy says:

    If you are reading these comments, please note that the right actor will be chosen and if not already. I chose Ann Hathaway because first of all she does look like Mary Baker Eddy and most important she is a very special person and would understand the life of Mary Baker Eddy. You can’t act like Mary Baker Eddy – Its impossible and there needs to be just the right quality. I have seen this happen in many films. Some of these films were not known as actors quite yet, but I don’t think you can make a comparison.
    Anyways, i know you know all this, but just wanted to say how I feel.
    thanks Val and would love to know if you are considering anyone right now.

  40. Jane Davis Shutt says:

    Jodie Foster

  41. Lonnie says:

    If no suitable known actresses can be found that exhibit the right combination of kindness, purity and strength, then an unknown might be a good choice. Some of the best acting has come from unknowns. Some of the actresses suggested here have been sex symbols in the past. It might be hard for audiences to transition into thinking of them as suddenly being capable of portraying the role of a saintly woman. Judy Dench is associated with James Bond movies (too hard-nosed).

  42. Nancy Moore says:

    Olivia Hussey

  43. Iris Braydon says:

    I pitch myself for the role of Mary Baker Eddy. I feel that I’m very aligned with much of what I sense to be her essence and I resonate with what I’ve learned of her journey in this life. Many synchronistic events…..both with large, inquisitive eyes to boot!

  44. Alice Searcy says:

    Pheobe Cates is the right age, she lights up like a christmas tree when she smiles, and doesnt appear 2 have had many surgeries…

  45. Alice Searcy says:

    ok last name and Im done here. This one could do her companion or be considered for eddy..Jane Adams.I promise Im done here.

  46. Shelley Jackson says:

    Jessica Lange or Glenn Close.

  47. Ts says:

    Mary Steenburgen!

  48. JR says:

    Olivia Williams – no one else. Thx!

  49. Eric Taylor says:

    I’ve been a great admirer of Mary Baker Eddy all of my adult life and even published 1,000 copies of her final 1910 edition of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures back in 1980 which resulted in the overturning a Special Act of Congress which had extended its copyright for 171 years.
    I’m very excites about this film and have given the question of who should play Mrs. Eddy quite a lot of thought. There is only one actor I feel could do her justice and that is Kate Mulgrew.

  50. christine says:

    Meryl Streep,she is a brilliant actress (in my opinion)
    she is so versatile an adaptable to the characters she plays

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