ST. CHARLES, IL — A new Netflix documentary tells the love story of two women who lived together in St. Charles for decades, using various cover stories to hide their relationship after falling in love in the 1940s. “A Secret Love” centers on Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel as they debate whether to get married after coming out to their families in their 80s.
The two women met in 1947 during the offseason for Donahue, who played for the Peoria Redwings in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the inspiration for the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.”
Following Donahue’s career, they lived together on Third Avenue for decades, telling friends and family they were roommates trying to save a little money, uncertain if their relationship would be accepted. Director Chris Bolan, Donahue’s great-nephew, filmed the documentary between 2013 and 2018.