Although many of the events in Then Came You are far too good to be true (re: meeting a beautiful Scottish man right when you need him most), Kathie Lee took inspiration from certain events in her life to bring her role to life. In 2015, according to Good Housekeeping, Kathie Lee lost her husband of almost 30 years, esteemed athlete and critically acclaimed broadcaster, Frank Gifford. This changed her life forever, and helped her write the role of a widow in mourning.
In a 2019 TODAY segment, Kathie Lee explained why she decided to write the movie, and how it related to her life on a certain level. “It’s a romantic comedy for people who’ve just given up hope that they could ever find love again, much less happiness and joy,” she explained.