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'Fried Green Tomatoes' true story of Bess Fortenberry-Sue Lovelace

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"Fried Green Tomatoes" is a 1991 movie based on the true story of Bess Fortenberry and her friend Sue Lovelace. The movie is inspired by Fannie Flagg's novel. The cast includes: Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson and Jessica Tandy, according to the New York Times.

"Fried Green Tomatoes" synopsis/plot

An unhappy stay at home wife does everything she can to seduce her husband with romance and food. But life becomes more interesting after she meets an 82-year-old woman in a local nursing home who gives her advice and tells her old stories about the Whistle Stop Cafe, an old Alabama diner that became the heart of the town in the 1920's through the 1930's.

According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, the characters Idgie and Ruth in "Fried Green Tomatoes" are based on Bess Fortenberry and Sue Lovelace. Bess Fortenberry is an Alabama native who ran the Irondale Cafe located in Irondale, AL. Sue Lovelace was a very close friend who helped her run the cafe.

The famous fried green tomatoes are still sold at the Irondale cafe, even today.

Movie viewers can also eat and visit the actual Whistle Stop Cafe's movie location in Georgia which is now a tourist attraction.

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