Is Flowers in the Attic based on a true story?

Flowers In The Attic Lifetime movie poster

This Saturday Flowers in the Attic is getting an updated movie adaptation thanks to Lifetime (Flowers in the Attic book by V.C. Andrews, said in an interview with The Toast that the idea was sparked by a bit of gossip.

Yes, Flowers in the Attic was based on a story she heard when she was in the hospital for a spinal operation.

You’re kidding. It’s a TRUE STORY?

Well, someone told it to her, yes. Some doctor there. So I’d guess that some aspects of it were true—at least the aspect of kids being hidden away. Whether the twins were real, the sex, the time frame, probably not. I think it was just the concept of kids hidden in the attic so the mother could inherit a fortune.

The idea for the Heaven series is also based on a true story and how that all came about I will write about that in the memoir I’m writing about my relationship with Virginia and her books.


Flowers in the Attic staring Heather Graham and Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka airs Saturday at 8 p.m. EST.

V.C. Andrews Flowers In The Attic book cover

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