Erin Brockovich is based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, a feisty single mom played by Julia Roberts. While working at a small law firm, Erin stumbles upon a huge case against a giant corporation, PG & E. PG & E has knowingly taken advantage of an entire town by basically poisoning their water supply and then lying to them about it. Many of the townspeople have fallen seriously ill as a result and are in desperate need of help. Marg plays Donna Jensen, a woman who has had many serious health problems as a result PG & E’s actions and who is eventually diagnosed with cancer.
Although Marg’s role in this film is a small one, it is a powerful one nonetheless. Marg’s performance is inspired by her mother Kay’s battle with breast cancer, and she just pulls at your heart strings every time she appears on camera. Why she was not nominated for an Oscar for this is just beyond me.
Here are some highlights of Marg’s performance as Donna.