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'An Element Of Truth' movie based on true story of Glenda Elizabeth Bell

based on a true case

"An Element Of Truth" is a based on a true story telepic that is loosely inspired by Glenda Elizabeth Bell aka Glenda Bell-Taubenberger. "An Element Of Truth" debuted on CBS for the first time in 1995 starring Donna Mills as the sultry Glenda Bell. The real names were changed in the movie. The movie is based on a manuscript by Sharon Hendry that was never published, according to the New York Daily News.

"An Element Of Truth" synopsis/plot

Tells the story of the beautiful Vanessa, a stockbroker secretary, who sets her sights on a business exec. He falls madly in love with her but realizes a little too late that the woman he has married is a swindler and a con artist.

The true story that inspired this movie involves the case of a former Craig-Hallum secretary who swindled her husband and the bank out of $1.3 million dollars.

According to Minnesota court records, Glenda Elizabeth Bell (sometimes spelled Elizabet) disappeared from the Twin Cities area and married a man in Corning, Iowa, while still married to her second husband. She was finally apprehended by the FBI and sent to prison for five years. The theft occurred at the St. Paul Commerical State Bank in Minnesota, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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