Jennifer Garner is teaming up again with her Alias producer/director/writer J.J. Abrams for a new limited series on Apple TV+ titled My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, which is based on Amy Silverstein’s memoir of the same name (check price at Amazon). The compelling story follows the journey of Garner’s character as she prepares for and recovers from a life-saving heart transplant and showcases the power of friendship during this time.
The author is the inspiration for Garner’s new character and she’ll be speaking at a virtual event on June 30, which is hosted by The Pickup Line, a women-owned newsletter, started by former NYC reporters who just launched their Beauty & The Book club. You can register for the event, starting on June 30th at 7:30 p.m. ET at Eventbrite here.
During the event, Amy will be chatting about her book, experiences and hopefully giving some insight into what to expect from the TV adaptation. Silverstein is a writer, attorney and speaker who found out she had a failing heart when she was a 24-year-old student at NYC law. If she didn’t receive a heart transplant, she’d die.
Scared, shocked and saddened, Silverstein relied on others to help her through the challenging time. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends highlights the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit she experienced. Silverstein reveals how an incredible group of women supported her while she waited for a life-saving heart transplant.
However, nearly 26 years after receiving her first heart transplant, Amy Silverstein began having complications and her heart went into failure. She would need a second donor heart if she wanted to live, and she began another grueling journey.
She picked up her life and moved cross-country to California to start the process and when she told her friends about the situation they responded with “I’m there.” Nine remarkable women — Joy, Jill, Leja, Jody, Lauren, Robin, Valerie, Ann, and Jane — their lives, jobs and family on the backburner and headed to the west coast to be there once again for their friend.
These ladies created a spreadsheet of what needed to be done and took on daily tasks to do to help Amy. Empowered with empathy and love, the group came together to provide Amy with whatever she needed that medicine couldn’t cure, which included sleeping on a cot beside her bed, rubbing her back and feet when the pain was unbearable, made her room lively and festive with decorations, and engaged in their “best talks ever.”
They saw the true measure of their friend’s strength, and they each responded in kind. Silverstein’s beautiful and emotional story is a tribute to these women and share deeply personal and insightful moments they spent together.
The My Glory Was I Had Such Friends Apple series is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television where the company has been under a deal, is written and executive produced by Karen Croner, who wrote the 2017 feature adaptation of the book The Tribes of Palos Verdes that starred Garner. Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson and Silverstein are serving as executive producers.
This is the second time Abrams and Bad Robot have collaborated with Apple’s new streaming service. The prolific producer and director, who is known for Lost, Star Trek, Star Wars and many other hit TV and film projects, also created Little Voice, a 10-episode dramedy that explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s, starring Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson. It debuts on Apple TV+ on July 10.