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Netflix Documentary 'A Secret Love' Has Viewers 'Crying Uncontrollably'

Netflix Documentary 'A Secret Love' Has Viewers 'Crying Uncontrollably'

Netflix's new documentary - about two elderly women who were forced to keep their love a secret for decades - has left viewers in bits.

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A Secret Love tells the unbelievable love story of Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, whose relationship spanned seven decades.

Terry played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the team that inspired the 1992 American sports movie A League of their Own starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.

In 1947, when she was 22 years old, she met the love of her life, Pat, who was 18 at the time. The couple were in their nineties at the time of filming.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

The documentary, from director Chris Bolan, tells the story of their lives and love, which they were forced to keep secret for over 60 years due to conservative attitudes towards same-sex couples.

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To the outside world, Terry and Pat were simply best friends, but behind closed doors they were infatuated with one another. The film documents the injustices of being gay in the 1950s and describes how lesbian bars were raided and punters even arrested.

At the beginning of their relationship, Terry and Pat wrote love letters to one another, but ripped the bottoms off in case they were caught by the authorities.

The couple only came out to their families in 2009, by which point they were in their eighties.

Terry and Pat in their 90s (Credit: Netflix)
Terry and Pat in their 90s (Credit: Netflix)

"This documentary follows Terry and Pat back to when they met for the first time, through their professional lives in Chicago, coming out to their conservative families and grappling with whether or not to get married," says Netflix.

The couple were married in 2016, but sadly, Terry passed away in 2019 at the age of 93, leaving behind her love of 72 years.

"Facing the hardships of aging and illness, their love proves resilient as they enter the home stretch."

So far, the reaction to the documentary has been a teary one.

"I AM CRYING UNCONTROLLABLY," one viewer tweeted.

Terry and Pat pretended to be just close friends for over six decades (Credit: Netflix)
Terry and Pat pretended to be just close friends for over six decades (Credit: Netflix)

"This just broke my heart wide open. The ageing process and what comes with it is brutal but man their love is pure FIRE. I'm going to be crying about this for DAYS," another bleary-eyed viewer added.

A third asserted: "If it's not love like Pat Herschel and Terry Donahue I don't want it. #ASecretLove"

"I just finished #ASecretLove and I just can't stop tearing up. This documentary hit me so much, I can't stop crying. Y'all have to watch it, I swear," enthused a fourth.

A Secret Love is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV News, Sex and Relationships, TV Entertainment

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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