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(née LaValley, formerly Bakker) – evangelist, singer, author, talk show host, advocate and television personality –
died in 2007 at the age of 65 after a decade- long battle with cancer.
“I WON’T GO FORWARD LOOKING IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR OF MY LIFE.”
and that’s what we wanted people to see in this film. When everyone turned their backs on people with HIV and AIDS, she invited a high profile gay pastor who had AIDS to be on her show. She also hosted Praise The Lord network shows all day long, wrote four books and released twenty-four albums. She never got paid for any of it, she gave her money back to the church.” She also acknowledged the all-male world that Tammy Faye inhabited – which in some ways has changed little over the years – and her impact as a high profile woman. “Women have been punished for being large, and I just mean energy- wise – so in terms of how much space you take up, how much makeup you wear, how loud your voice is, how loud your opin- ion is, how flashy your clothes can be,” Chastain has said. “But then also being punished for owning too many pant suits, or you have short hair. I’m so tired of society telling women how they need to present themselves in the world. And I was so tired of people caring more about how much mascara Tammy Faye Bakker was wearing than the actual incredible things that she did.” Building layer upon layer, just like its subject’s makeup, The Eyes of Tammy Faye tells a story about faith, acceptance, and re-
silience, and promises to be essential viewing. THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE CLICK TO SEE MORE
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