Lois Smith is one face that many people recognize. However, many who have seen her face on television or movie do not know that her name is Lois Smith. Born on November 3, 1930, Lois Smith has gone on to manage several different roles that inspire us all. Yet, none of the roles are quite like Mama Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes.
Bored with her life Evelyn Couch finds comfort in Ninny Threadgoode’s tales. Through Ninny, Evelyn learns about the small town of Whistle Stop. Starting off with Idgy Threadgoode loosing her brother, she finds herself comforted in a friendship with Ruth Jamieson. The two are able to teach each other about the world around them. Growing a strong friendship, Idgy stays by Ruth after she leaves her abusive husband and gives birth to a son. However, when Ruth’s husband disappears, Idgy is put on trial for his murder. But, Idgy is found not guilty with a reveal that he was killed when he tried to kidnap his own son. However, things turn sour when Ruth ends up becoming sick. After having set up a restaurant selling fried green tomatoes, Ruth ends up dying with town of Whistle Stop dying. In the present, Evelyn talks her husband into inviting Ninny to live with them because her house has been torn down leaving her no place to go. The movie closes with Evelyn and Ninny leaving Whistle Stop behind with signs of people who once lived there.
Fried Green Tomatoes is a triumph of a film. Lois Smith was able to bring to Mama Threadgoode in a film that would inspire many. On November 3, 1930, Lois Smith was born. Many of her roles are in the background, but not forgotten.