Over dinner recently in his discreetly whitewashed Rosedale home, John
Bassett made Judy LaMarsh an offer he felt she couldn’t refuse. Passing the bread, she did refuse—and negotiations were temporarily suspended, CFTO-TV Chairman Bassett’s proposal was (and still is) to buy the television rights to the 54-year-old LaMarsh’s first novel, entitled A Very Political Lady, to be released Jan. 22, and its yet-to-be-written sequel. Drawing largely on her own experiences as a former member of the Pearson and Trudeau cabinets, LaMarsh’s roman à clef is liberally peopled with notable Ottawa figures including a
& six-foot, sturdy female cabinet minister named Kathleen Marshall who vies for the top Liberal spot against two male ministers who were "once friends and are now enemies."
Said Bassett, who last year spent $600,000 bringing Richard Rohmer’s Separation to the tiny screen, “I offered her a certain amount and she didn’t think it was enough. Our negotiations will continue on the strength of the sales of her book. When they hit a certain figure, I’ll increase the money." Said LaMarsh, "There are one or two other people interested besides Bassett. Like Mario Puzo says, 'Never sell those rights until you see those sales.’ ”
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