When Gerald was writing THE GOLdEN TREE (2010), he had the character Kyriè rummaging through history books on the shelf looking for the family name anywhere. Not finding any and giving up, Kyriè looks at a picture of her great grandmother and talks to her. Gerald wanted to use a name of a family member and decided to memorialize his grandmother on his mother's side who was a guiding light in his life. Cecilia is Kyriè Sierra Davenport and Aria Leven Davenport's great grandmother in real life, not Toni Corbett the actor.
MONTAGE: SIERRA RUMMAGES THROUGH THE BOOKS, PAPERS, BOXES, AND ALL THE OTHER ITEMS IN THE ATTIC.
INT. ROOM: PRESENT DAY - LATER
Sierra stops exhausted and disheartened and goes to the picture of Cecilia Wimmer and picks it up. Behind it is an **OLD RUSTY ROUND TIN**.
Not really famous were we Great Grandma Cecilia? Just a normal, run-of-the-mill, obscure family. Probably different Wimmer's.
When Toni Corbet was cast for the role, it was a first for Gerald and Toni on the proposal and her involvement with the film.
An unusual first-time casting situation for Gerald occurred when Toni Corbett walked up to the table and handed Gerald her Bio with a great headshot. Looking up at her after thoroughly inspecting the front and back of the papers she gave him — Gerald always looks, reads, and examines anything anyone hands him out of respect, courtesy, and professionalism — he asks her, “What if you were in the film, but not in the film? ” Toni looked confused. “What I mean is, what if you being in the film was your headshot used as a photograph on a mantle in a scene where the lead character talks to your picture, and we see it full size on the screen? Would you be interested in that? Be the Grandmother? ” Toni paused for a moment or two and then smiled and agreed.