Lily Rabe has joined HBO Max’s true crime miniseries Love and Death to play Betty Gore, the Texas woman murdered by Candy Montgomery in 1980.
Gore was slain by Montgomery, her one-time friend, in the small town of Wylie, Texas after Montgomery began an affair with Gore’s husband Allan. WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen will portray Montgomery in Love and Death, oppsite Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) as Allan and Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) as Montgomery’s spouse Pat.
Candy Montgomery struck Betty Gore almost three dozen times with an ax in June 1980. She was acquitted of murder charges after a messy trial that October and according to Texas lifestyle magazine In & Around, currently lives in Georgia under the name Candace Wheeler.
The series is based on the two-part Texas Monthly article “Love and Death in Silicon Prairie” from 1984, as well as the 2016 book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson.
Lily Rabe’s portrayal of Betty Gore will reunite her with two key auspices from HBO‘s hit TV crime drama The Undoing, in which she starred as Sylvia Steinetz. Both shows are written and executive produced by David E. Kelley, with Undoing star Nicole Kidman also serving as an executive producer on Love and Death.
Having those connections will certainly make the new series appeal to fans of The Undoing, as Kelley once again tells a story about marriage destroyed by murder. The themes of the project are popular when it comes to true crime adaptations for TV; one only needs to look at last year’s Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story for another well-known case of adultery that led to death.
Leslie Linka Glatter, who directed the first two episodes of Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders as well as installments of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, and Brooklyn South, will step behind the camera for Love and Death, which does not yet have a premiere date.
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