Duke said she has admired Brooks for years and that his visits to the set were memorable.
One of his songs â€” â€œThe Danceâ€ â€” was played at her stepdaughter's funeral about 13 years ago because she, too, was a fan until she died after a car accident at age 22.
â€œWhen I told him that, he was so real. The first thing he said, of course, was â€˜Oh, my God,' and then he said, â€˜It's not supposed to be that way. That's backwards. We're not supposed to bury our children,' which I thought was such a gracious way of saying he could relate,â€ Duke said. â€œThat was one of the few moments he wasn't able to make me laugh
These days, while she will discuss her past when asked about it, she's more interested in talking about her present.
Even though her role in â€œUnanswered Prayersâ€ is a supportive one, she enjoyed developing the character and working on the movie in general.
â€œThe whole experience turned out to be one of the best I've ever had in the workplace,â€ Duke said.
â€œI think, from the top down ... (producers) set a tone of gentility. People were polite to each other, and it just made it a lovely experience,â€ she said.
In Idaho, she's getting ready to direct a community production of â€œThe Miracle Workerâ€ and she's happy to get the chance to work on projects such as â€œUnanswered Prayers.â€