Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Former Child Star Goes From Action To Satisfaction After Struggle With Brain Tumor

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One Hollywood film producer says her brain tumor made her turn from action movies to films “from the heart.”

Former child star Victoria Paige Meyerink went from acting alongside Elvis Presley in the film Speedway to producing fluffy action films with her husband, but after being diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma (AN) - a deep seated brain tumor – in 1998, Meyerink says, “We were feeling very unfulfilled and creatively challenged.”

With a special radiation treatment she helped develop, Meyerink was able to overcome AN in 1999. She then spent the next six years bringing a decidedly un-action-packed film about a girl attending her grandmother’s funeral to the big screen.

The film, Finding Home, has already won five Best Picture awards from film festivals around the world and is in select theaters now.

Reflecting on her action movie past, Meyerink admits, “It’s definitely harder to make a film from the heart. If grandma had died on screen or a house had blown up, it would have been an automatic hit!”

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