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"Sybil" (1976) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1976-1976

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14 November 1976 (USA) See more »
A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor. Full summary »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 28)

Joanne Woodward ... Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (2 episodes, 1976)

Sally Field ... Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)

Brad Davis ... Richard (2 episodes, 1976)

Martine Bartlett ... Hattie (2 episodes, 1976)
Jane Hoffman ... Frieda Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)

Charles Lane ... Dr. Quinoness (2 episodes, 1976)
Jessamine Milner ... Grandma Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)

William Prince ... Willard Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)

Penelope Allen ... Miss Penny (2 episodes, 1976)

Camila Ashland ... Cam (2 episodes, 1976)
Tommy Crebbs ... Matthew (2 episodes, 1976)
Gina Petrushka ... Dr. Lazarus (2 episodes, 1976)
Harold Pruett ... Danny (2 episodes, 1976)

Natasha Ryan ... Child Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)

Paul Tulley ... Dr. Castle (2 episodes, 1976)
Anne Beesley ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Virginia Campbell ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Missy Karn ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Tasha Lee ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Cathy Lynn Lesko ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Rachel Longaker ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Jennifer McAllister ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Kerry Muir ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Karen Obediear ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Tony Sherman ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Danny Stevenson ... The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Directed by
Daniel Petrie (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Writing credits
Flora Rheta Schreiber (2 episodes, 1976)
Stewart Stern (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Jacqueline Babbin .... producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Philip Capice .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Peter Dunne .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Original Music by
Alan Bergman (2 episodes, 1976)
Leonard Rosenman (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Cinematography by
Mario Tosi (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Film Editing by
Michael S. McLean (2 episodes, 1976)
Rita Roland (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Casting by
Dianne Crittenden (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Design by
Tom H. John (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1976)
Robert Norin .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Management
Gene Fowler Jr. .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Marty Hornstein .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1976)
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive in charge of production (2 episodes, 1976)
Lee Rich .... production supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)

Lynn Guthrie .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Adelson .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1976)
Anthony Brand .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Art Department
Russell Goble .... property master (2 episodes, 1976)
Al Rohm .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Dick Kupper .... loop editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Al Overton .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Griffith .... key grip (2 episodes, 1976)
Joel King .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1976)
Joe Pender .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1976)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (1 episode, 1976)
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 1976)
Series Casting Department
Shirley Rich .... casting consultant (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumes (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Editorial Department
LaReine Johnston .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Bob Pickarts .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Music Department
Alan Bergman .... lyricist (2 episodes, 1976)
Marilyn Bergman .... lyricist (2 episodes, 1976)
Ken Runyon .... music editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Gloria O'Brien .... singer: theme music (1 episode, 1976)

Dan Wallin .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Patricia A. Sonsini .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Cornelia Wilbur .... psychiatric consultant (2 episodes, 1976)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:198 min (original television version) | Finland:133 min (theatrical version) | USA:187 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Sybil's switching back to her core personality is usually signaled by her putting on her glasses.See more »
Continuity: Towards the end of the film, Dr. Wilbur mentions that Sybil has been under her care for more than 12 years. However, except for childhood flashbacks, the entire films appears to take place in the mid-Seventies (cars, movie marquees, fashions, hair styles) and no one ages a bit over the course of more than a decade.See more »
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur:Sybil has disassociated into a baby... I can't get her back!See more »


Is 'Sybil' based on a true story?
What is the music that Hattie plays on the piano while admonishing Sybil to hold her water?
What is 'dissociative disorder'?
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Sybil DVD was both informative and disappointing, 2 September 2006
Author: sybilsfriend from United States

The 30th anniversary DVD edition of Sybil was released in July. As Shirley Mason's (aka Sybil)long time friend, I was included in the documentary about the making of the movie. The documentary is a fascinating recap of how the movie was cast and how it came to be. However, I was disappointed that Shirley Mason is not mentioned anywhere in the documentary, and her name is not even shown on her paintings in the gallery. Shirley was a person to me, not a fictional character. I was told that her name couldn't be mentioned because of contractual agreements with the author of the book. Shirley Mason WAS Sybil and her life as an artist in Kentucky should not be minimized. Since Sybil is a story of abuse, but also one of recovery, I feel my friend was denied the recognition she deserves as a survivor of abuse, as a wonderful artist, as a warm, kind lady who lived a quiet life of dignity in Lexington. If and when my book, Life After Sybil... From the Words of Shirley Mason, gets published, I intend to correct that omission. Regards, Sybil's Friend ... Nancy Preston

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