Mary Ellen Donovan Fuller will speak at library
The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Florence County Library will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m in the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Stukes Meeting Room. Mrs. Mary Ellen Donovan Fuller will be the guest speaker. Mrs. Fuller is the daughter of Attorney James Donovan whose life was portrayed in the movie “Bridge of Spies” by Tom Hanks. Donovan’s memoirs, “Strangers on a Bridge” will be available for purchase at the program.
James B. Donovan was a New York lawyer who engaged in many of the 20th century’s most intense historical events. Steven Spielberg’s movie “Bridge of Spies” is just one of his exploits. Tom Hanks portrays Jim Donovan. Spielberg calls Donovan his hero. Jim Donovan defended the Russian spy, Col. Rudolf Abel.
He also made the exchange in Berlin on a bridge and traded him for two captured Americans, America’s U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers who had been captured when his plane was shot down over Russia and Frederic Pryor, an economics student. Mrs. Fuller is James Donovan’s daughter and she lives in Alcolu with her husband. She will talk about the movie, the event itself and Jim Donovan’s other accomplishments, such as the Nuremberg trials and the Bay of Pigs to name a few.
Mary Ellen arrived in South Carolina as design director in NYC for Springs Industries of Fort Mill, at one time the state’s biggest employer. They manufactured home furnishings for retailers. She initially lived in Tega Cay and then downtown Fort Mill. She and her husband David found their current location to be perfect for his business. They have lived there for eight years. Mary Ellen is currently writing a screenplay and novel.