Veteran television actress Cybill Shepherd has made her way to Lifetime in one killer of a role! Shepherd is starring in "How to Murder Your Husband" as a real life alleged murderer, Nancy Brophy!
Based on a true story, Nancy Crampton-Brophy (Cybill Shepherd), seemed to have a knack for writing about murder. The Portland-based romance-thriller novelist authored books about relationships that were tumultuous, while using seductive men on the covers to lure in her readers. Often, her books featured women protagonists who fantasized about killing their own husbands or fleeing their husbands and faking their own deaths. And then, in 2022 in a shocking turn of events, Brophy was convicted of killing her own husband (Steve Guttenberg).
We got the chance to sit down with both Shepherd and Gutteberg to discuss the film and it was surprisingly emotional. Shepherd admitted that putting on Nancy's character, wig and all, was a big part of how she was able to separate the disturbing woman from who she is as a person. She says that she loves Guttenberg, on and off screen, and having to separate the man she loves from someone she has to create intent to kill was hard. While she sympathized with Brophy's situation, Shepherd said she struggled with the thought of what must have led her to kill the man she "loved most in the world".
"The acting is great, the performances are so committed and so true, so real and dedicated to perserving the person. The talent and level of talent is great to watch from a guy's point of view" Guttenberg said of the film.
We had a chance to screen the film and, we must say, Guttenberg was absolutely right. You'll find yourself wondering how Nancy could murder such a sweet man and also yelling at the screen because you see where she went wrong. It's definitely one to watch!
"How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story" is produced by Front Street Pictures and is being distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Judith Verno through Peace Out Productions serves as executive producer. The film premieres tonight on Lifetime at 8pm EST.