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Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice (1982)

This made-for-television movie is a dramatization of the life of the founder of Los Angeles's first alcoholic recovery center for women, Beatrice O'Reilly.

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Beatrice O'Reilly
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Johnny O'Reilly
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Rita
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Captain Charley Rawlins
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Captain Burnsite
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Abbie
Rose Arrick ...
Kay
Sarina C. Grant ...
Mary Lou Brown
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Tom
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Beatrice's Father
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Beatrice's Mother
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Dr. Samuels
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Mrs. Cunningham
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Jessie
Eve McVeagh ...
Mrs. Rugolo
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This made-for-television movie is a dramatization of the life of the founder of Los Angeles's first alcoholic recovery center for women, Beatrice O'Reilly.

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In a scene set in the early 1940's, a large Holiday Inn motel - a chain that didn't go into business until 1952 - can be seen at the end of an amusement pier. See more »

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Not a bad movie for the time period it depicts....
10 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would be curious to know more about the true story of Beatrice, and will probably have to research it a bit more to get the facts. Perhaps it is a positive thing,that seeing a film like this can make the audience interested in something they normally wouldn't think about.

Carol Burnett is good in the title role, and while I am not partial to her as an actor, she does a good job. Geoffrey Lewis portrays the police captain, who was her friend, and helped her to start a halfway house for women with alcohol problems. It is sort of like a different version of "My Name is Bill W."(An excellent film, by the way, with Brian Dennehy and James S. Woods).

At any rate, the story is a bit slow at times, but portrays the true story of Beatrice. It is a bit whitewashed, as there could have been more incidents which occurred, and the audience could have learned from. Marian Mercer has a role as Beatrice's friend, who introduces her to A.A.

Overall, the court scenes were stilted, but the overall theme is projected; a film like this may be due for a re-make; Perhaps Lifetime could write an updated version, with more contemporary actors.


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