Wise Choice

Bob Kealing’s Tupperware-themed book heads for the big screen.



RYAN WENDLER

Heck, yes, he’d like a cameo role! 

Some writers would shudder at the thought of appearing in a movie version of their book, but Orlando’s Bob Kealing is used to staring down the lens as a reporter for WESH-Channel 2. 

Certainly he’d be open to any arrangement desired by director Tate Taylor and Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, who announced over the summer they will film the movie based on Kealing’s Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper and the Home Party Pioneers. But the author knows he’s got to keep his cool.

“The last thing I would want to be is the difficult author,” Kealing says. “They bought the rights; this is their story to tell if they choose to. I have no expectations or demands. My goal is to be collaborative and nonproprietary.”

While he has no expectations of involvement in script writing, Kealing does want Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) to know about his research collection, which is housed at UCF and includes interviews with people who knew Brownie Wise.  “I understand that he’s very hands-on and does a lot of research,” says Kealing, “and I certainly respect his process.” The collection holds original memos between Tupper and Wise that shed light on the tempestuous relationship between the man who invented Tupperware and the divorced single mom who perfected the home party sales model, opening the door to business success for thousands of saleswomen across America in the 1950s. 

“Pre-Martha Stewart, pre-Oprah, pre-Mary Kay, Wise deserves much more credit for women’s evolution from the kitchen to the boardroom than she’s gotten so far,” Kealing says.

It is too early to know if the as-yet-untitled movie will be filmed in Central Florida, but Kealing has his fingers crossed. He notes there are several important locations still available, from the hangar at Orlando Executive Airport where the offices of Tupperware Home Parties got its start, and the house on Dubsdread Golf Course where Wise and a couple of staffers lived until 1952, to the Angebilt Hotel, where Tupper informed his underlings that he planned to fire Brownie Wise. And lest we forget, Tupperware Brands’ corporate headquarters is still right down the road in Kissimmee.

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