LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Elizabeth Woolsey has made her name in Louisville's media market for the past 20 years and is currently an anchor for WDRB News at 4.
Her voice is now reaching an even bigger audience. It was featured in the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," which was honored at Sunday night's Academy Awards. The film was nominated for seven awards and received two honors, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell.
"Producers reached out to me from London via email a little over a year ago and expressed interest in me doing voice work for the movie," Woolsey said. "At first, I doubted whether the email was legitimate, since it seemed so far-fetched they would reach out to me. So I asked some questions of them, like which actors were in the film."
She said her interest was piqued when she heard Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson were going to be in the movie.
The film's producers said they approached her after doing a nationwide search. Woolsey is a Missouri native, though she's not sure if that played a part in the producers' decision.
While Woolsey is not on camera during the film, audiences can hear her voice as a news anchor announcing the death of one of the film's characters.
Woolsey recorded her audio for the film at WDRB and emailed it to producers. She was asked to re-cut it several times, using different inflections and emphasis on different words.
She said she had no idea the film would become so critically acclaimed. She didn't even see the movie when it first came out and didn't know if her voice work had made the final cut. A station photographer actually approached her, saying he saw the movie and recognized her voice.
"Not a bad big screen debut!" Woolsey said. "Too bad I was robbed of a nomination myself!"
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