Beau Willimon needed some color for his new Netflix series, “House of Cards,” so he decided to borrow from the story he knew best: his own. The Oscar-nominated writer and producer, legally named Pack Beauregard Willimon, has a legacy of family history in the Palmetto State, with ancestors who have called South Carolina home for centuries. His connection with Furman goes back to his great-grandmother, and then to his grandfather, who became a well-known attorney in his hometown of Greenville.
“House of Cards,” which premiered in February, tells a very different story of prominence, the story of a ruthless Congressman from Gaffney named Francis “Frank” Underwood, played by Academy-Award winning actor Kevin Spacey.
The complete story is posted on Edge, Furman’s digital magazine.