Gummer in Smash- NBC photo

Actress Grace Gummer in her recurring role in NBC’s ‘Smash’ (photo © 2012 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)

The debate continues: Who would portray 1930s medical students and penpals Alice Baker and Joe Holoubek in a film? Ever since “The Courtship of Two Doctors” was published, readers have told us it felt like a moving picture. That compliment is sweet to the ears of any writer, that the manuscript comes alive as if on the big screen.

During a TV chat, one reporter said, “I can picture this as a black-and-white movie, with Jimmy Stewart as Dr. Joe.” A friend of author Fitzgerald envisioned Meryl Streep as Dr. Alice.

Well, all those thoughts revived this fall when strangers as far afield as Rome, Italy, and Abilene, Texas, said to the author (Alice & Joe’s younger daughter): “Did anyone ever tell you that you look like Meryl Streep?” New friends and acquaintances renewed the call for a movie—or perhaps a play or TV series. There was quite a discussion over a four-course meal on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans and over the daily special at the Beehive Restaurant & Saloon in Albany, Texas.

Well, we have found our choice for the young Dr. Alice: actress Grace Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep. We loved her in HBO’s The Newsroom and NBC’s Smash. What do you think?

The search is still on for a tall, lanky actor to portray the young Dr. Joe. He must look dashing in 1) a fedora and 2) a white linen suit.

Learn more here about Grace Gummer.