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The sisters first rose to fame in 1991 when writer Amy Hill Hearth (Madigan) meets with the sweet and charming 102-year-old Sadie (Carroll) and the somewhat headstrong and suspicious 100-year-old Bessie (Dee) for an article in The New York Times.
When the response to her story is overwhelming, Amy convinces the sisters to collaborate with her on a book about their family as well as a chronicle of the changes in America as experienced during their long, rich lives.
The book Having Our Say wove the sisters' anecdotes into a touching, universal story of family, love, courage and tenacity. It was published in 1993 and was featured on The New York Times Best Sellers list for more than two years. The book was adapted as a Broadway play in 1995 and it was cited with three Tony nominations, including Best Play.
Both Sadie and Bessie Delany are now deceased. They both passed away in their home in Mt. Vernon -- Bessie at 104 on September 25th, 1995 and Sadie on January 25th, 1999 at the age of 109.
CAMILLE O. COSBY and JUDITH RUTHERFORD JAMES present
A KRAFT PREMIER MOVIE
A production of TELEVEST and COLUMBIA TRISTAR TELEVISION
HAVING OUR SAY
The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
written by EMILY MANN
directed by LYNNE LITTMAN
DIAHANN CARROLL, RUBY DEE and AMY MADIGAN
based on the extraordinary real life DELANY SISTERS
Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Mykelti Williamson, Lonette McKee
and introducing Audra McDonald
with Richard Roundtree
Special Appearance by Della Reese as Martha Logan
based on the New York Times Best-Seller
in association with Dreyfuss/James Productions