Gambling Ladies is pleased to announce it has recently completed an agreement with Lionhawk Productions to write a screenplay based on the true life story of Elaine Townsend. The script will be written by noted scriptwriter Pamala L. Hall, who has developed dozens of projects for film, television and theater.
The working title for the film is Razzle Dazzle, which is quite appropriate for a story about the original Gambling Lady, who rubbed shoulders and conducted business in the post-World War II era with a ensemble of famous personalities that included Hollywood stars, politicians, underworld figures, and Castro-era revolutionaries.
If ever there was a real-life story that should be made into a movie, Elaine Townsend lived that life. In fact, a movie was being developed by Hollywood producer Wolfgang Reinhardt in 1950, but production was mysteriously halted before the film was made.
The unknown reason for halting production after Lucille Ball had already agreed to play the starring role is just one of the many fascinating aspects of the mysterious and adventurous life of Elaine Townsend, the glamorous woman who was born Margaret Helgeson in Wyoming, changed her name and made her first foray into business in Hawaii in the days before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and then eventually ran the casino concession at the Grand Casino Nacional in Havana just prior to the revolution.
We will keep you posted about further developments with this exciting project inspired by Elaine Townsend, so check back soon. Until then, you can read the film script treatment by Pamala L. Hall (opens in new window)