I was watching a rerun of Fantasy Island (it sounds funny calling it a rerun when the show’s been off the air for about 30 years. Every episode of Fantasy Island is now a rerun, obviously. Anyway…), and I was surprised when Mr. Roarke told Tattoo the fantasy of a young girl played by Genie Francis (yes, Genie Francis of “Luke and Laura” fame on General Hospital).
Genie’s character is engaged to be married, and she has recently found letters belonging to her mother, and from those letters she discovers that her real father is a man her mother met in the Philippines, and her mother lost track of him after she got pregnant so the young woman has never met her real father. She wants to find her father so he can walk her down the aisle when she gets married. It turns out that she meets three men who think that they could possibly be her father.
If you’re a musical theatre fan, you may think this plot sound a little bit familiar? Just substitute an island in the south pacific with a Greek island.
Did the writers of Mamma Mia get the idea for their plot from Fantasy Island?