Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Pictured: Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Japan, 1931.

Credit: Courtesy of Lindbergh picture collection, 1860-1980 (inclusive). Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky, premiering July 23, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV brings one of the 20th century’s best-loved writers out from the shadow of her often controversial husband, the pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh.

The 30-minute documentary uses Anne’s own words to help convey her inner life, which was deeply affected by the challenges of being part of America’s most famous couple of the era.  

Interviews including daughter Reeve Lindbergh, granddaughter Kristina Lindbergh, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg (Lindbergh), and the curators of “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age” illuminate the lesser known Lindbergh, who married the world’s most famous bachelor and then became a celebrity in her own right as a bestselling author.  In the film, Anne Morrow Lindbergh is perhaps best revealed as only she could share her story herself, in television appearances from the 1970s and ‘80s and in letters to her family, diary entries and pages from Gift from the Sea, her 1955 seashore inspired best-selling meditation on marriage, personal freedom and the balancing act of motherhood and work in modern women’s lives that still resonates generations later, not a day out of print. You'll Have the Sky is narrated by Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Judith Light (“Transparent”), with selections from Anne’s writing read by Tony Award-nominated actress Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”).  

You'll Have the Sky –- the title comes from Anne’s mother’s reaction to the news that her daughter planned to marry the man who had just made history with his trans-Atlantic flight -- is an evocative portrait of a woman whose life is a key to understanding the changing worlds of aviation, women, and celebrity in the 20th century. As Reeve Lindbergh (Under a Wing: A Memoir) explains in the documentary, her mother had an “extraordinary ability to explore private thoughts, feelings very openly and to share these with the public and yet to maintain her own individuality and her own sense of private dignity.” 

As the film reveals, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a woman ahead of her time, becoming a licensed pilot and radio operator so that she could join her husband on survey flights to chart commercial air routes but torn by the long stretches of time this kept her away from her infant son.  Thrust into the spotlight, she craved the solitude of writing while living a great adventure.  From the idyllic suburban life in Hopewell, New Jersey that was shattered by the kidnapping and murder of 18-month old Charles Jr.  to the private life only the Long Barn estate in England allowed the couple after the sensational murder trial ended, to the serenity of time spent on the islands of Captiva in Florida and in North Haven, Maine that inspired her writing, You’ll Have the Sky was filmed on location at the locales at the center of the Lindberghs’ whirlwind life. The film offers a private perspective on the headlines that dominated the time, and one of the most celebrated and misunderstood American love stories.