A New PBS Documentary Chronicles Edward and Jo Hopper’s Rich Yet Prickly Two-Artist Marriage
“HOPPER: An American Love Story” explores the vital role Jo Hopper played in her husband’s career.
A new documentary about Edward Hopper, famous for paintings like Nighthawks (1942), focuses on his marriage to Josephine Nivison Hopper through her little-seen diary entries. The PBS film, HOPPER: An American Love Story, part of its “American Masters” series, is the latest significant effort to show how Hopper’s legacy was shaped by his wife, who forwent her own thriving career for the sake of her husband.
The documentary is a collaboration between producer Michael Cascio and former news anchor Cynthia Weber Cascio with the BAFTA-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky. Hopper is voiced by Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons and Nivison Hopper is by Emmy Award-winner Christine Baransky. Alta Hilsdale, a love interest of Hopper, is voiced by Isabel May.