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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The lady known for her association with Jim Baker, even more so for her mascara and trademark eyelashes, Tammy Faye, is the subject of an endearing documentary. The Eyes of Tammy Faye with its adultery and addiction, lets you look into her eyes which she call the "soul."  This intimate film compiled from interviews, archive footage, and simulated experiences of the queen of the eyelashes, turns out to be a memorable, affectionate depiction of a woman who has persevered through quite an ordeal.

With puppets (which were used in the success of Jim and Tammy's early TV show) introducing each segment we go back to her childhood at International Falls, Minnesota.  God came to her on the dipping of her finger in a communion cup and she began preaching and singing to reinforce her beliefs.

Her marriage to Bakker and the help of Pat Robertson put them both on the rise into tele-evangelism. The show with Christian puppets Suzy and Ollie help begin their ascent into a huge financial empire which ended up in North Carolina.

Bakker and Fay were pioneers in the three Christian TV networks: CBN, TBN, and the most famous, PTL - "Praise The Lord."  Fay unexpectedly shows sympathy and comfort to homosexuals, especially a man of the cloth suffering from AIDS, as their show became one of the first twenty four hour satellite networks.

The drag of the twenty two hundred acre Heritage theme park and the Jessica Hahn tryst drain sprit and funds from the empire.  As secrets and lies begin to surface, Roe Messner (Fay's present husband) who was instrumental in building the Heritage USA religious park works at the cover up of the Hahn affair.  We also see Fay in the Betty Ford clinic, dealing with Falwell's squashing of the PTL, Bakker's prison sentence and cancer.

This fighting drag queen who suffered from greed, her love beyond the "right" people, and her flamboyant image, hasn't forgotten where she came from and demonstrates, even to the secular community, that The Eyes of Tammy Faye isn't a sensationalistic religious soap opera.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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