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The Real "UP" Story: A Little House With A Lot of Inspiration

A lot of people know the story of Up by now, the 2009 critically-acclaimed animated movie. 78-year-old Carl turns his quaint home into a flying vessel after being ordered to a retirement home after injuring a construction worker. What many don't know is that this opening scene was inspired by a real-life story, the story of 86-year-old Edith Macefield.

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In 2006, Macefield refused to sell her home despite all adjacent property being developed. Developers wanted so eagerly to purchase her house that they offered her $1 million. She ultimately refused the amount. So, the developers started to build around her house.

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Just like how Carl befriended Russell as the result of the event, so did Edith befriend someone. His name is Barry Martin, the new building's construction superintendent.

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The interaction first started out as neighborly behavior, making sure the little old lady in the middle of the construction site was alright. After he took her to the hair salon one day, he started to regularly check up on her. Eventually, Martin realized she needed more assistance than she led on.

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From there, Martin did almost everything imaginable for her. He bathed her, cleaned her house, ran her errands, took her to doctor's appointments, fed her, stayed long nights with her, and even listened to her over-the-top stories, like how she escaped a concentration camp.

Edith eventually passed from pancreatic cancer in 2008, leaving the home for Barry. To this day, some say Barry merely befriended her for money. He eventually sold the house for $310,000, which some critics point as proof. Martin still denies it to this day.

What ultimately developed was a unique friendship between an elderly lady and a construction superintendent.