More than half a century ago, famed playwright Tennessee Williams ('The Glass Menagerie', 'A Street Car Named Desire') wrote his first pure, non-adapted screenplay, 'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,' then lined up legendary director Eilia Kazan and award-winning actress Julie Harris to bring it to life. That never happened ... until now.

On Dec. 30, Williams' 'Teardrop' will finally hit theaters, with Jodie Markell directing and Bryce Dallas Howard ('Lady in the Water') starring as Fisher Willow: the brash, independent, yet vulnerable daughter of Depression-era Southern aristocracy who -- much to the chagrin of her wealth aunt (Ann-Margaret) -- falls in love with the young impoverished man (Chris Evans) she hires to accompany her to a gauntlet of high-society parties in hopes of alienating upper crust-types.

We spoke with Howard, a veteran of both stage and screen, about what it was like to contend with the history of the old South, work with legends Margaret and Ellen Burstyn (who plays aging stick-in-the-mud Addie) and bring a never-before-seen Tennessee Williams heroine to life.
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