Mary Bee is in her 30s and still single: “plain as an old tin pail, and bossy,” as she’s disobligingly described by a potential suitor, who, after an amusingly awkward dinner at Mary’s house, scuttles eastwards in search of someone meeker. After a brutal winter, three of the settler’s wives have been driven mad by bereavement and financial ruin, and the parish priest (John Lithgow) needs someone to literally cart them back to a sanatorium in Iowa – the pioneer’s journey in reverse.The job requires a “homesman”: someone smart, strong and trustworthy, who can survive by himself for weeks on the trail. Tommy Lee Jones’s second film as director is a humane and wrenching western built around women’s experience of frontier life: until now, a part of America’s history that’s barely been touched on by the genre.
She was born in the year 1974 on 30th of July and this makes her age 41 at this time.
In addition to directing and co-writing the script (the film was adapted from a novel by Glendon Swarthout), Jones co-stars as a bedraggled army deserter and claim-jumper whom Mary Bee bumps into not long into her journey.