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Creator of HBO’s Big Love Authors New Play at Old Globe Theater


Aired 5/14/09

Cornelia Wallace was a former beauty queen who became the second wife of segregationist governor George Wallace. The Old Globe's new play Cornelia tells the story of their marriage and was written by Mark Olsen, the creator and writer of the HBO hit series Big Love about a polygamous family in Utah.

Robert Foxworth as “George Wallace” and Melinda Page Hamilton as “Cornelia” i...
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Above: Robert Foxworth as “George Wallace” and Melinda Page Hamilton as “Cornelia” in The Old Globe’s world premiere production of CORNELIA by Mark V. Olsen

Maureen Cavanaugh: They were an unlikely couple, the older Alabama Governor George Wallace and his young beauty queen, second-wife Cornelia. So it would take a playwright who's not afraid of unlikely couples or unlikely trios or quartets, to tell the story of this odd romance. Mark Olsen is such a playwright. The author of the new Old Globe production called Cornelia is also the man behind the HBO hit series Big Love. That series follows the extremely complex relationships among the members of a Utah polygamist family.

Mark Olsen's play Cornelia focuses on only one man and one woman, to coin a phrase, but that's where the resemblance to traditional family values ends. It's my pleasure to welcome writer and producer Mark Olsen to These Days.

Cornelia opens this Saturday night at The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. It runs through June 21st.


Mark Olsen wrote the play Cornelia, which opens this weekend at the Old Globe. He is also the co-creator and writer of the HBO series Big Love, about a polygamous family in Utah.

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