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Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  23 April 1986 (USA)
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Based on true events, 'Alex: The Life of a Child' follows former 'Sports Illustrated' writer Frank Deford and his wife Carole when their happy, all-American family is rocked to the core ... See full summary »

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Frank Deford
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Carole Deford
Gennie James ...
Alex Deford
Danny Corkill ...
Chris Deford
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Mac Deford
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Zehra Delford (as Melonie Mazman)
Brenda Bazinet ...
Barbara Keator
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Tina Crawford
Elva Mai Hoover ...
Alice Grady (as Elva Mae Hoover)
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Dr. Tom Dolan
Sean McCann ...
Dr. Ralph Stanwyck
Ted Simonett ...
Dr. Westlake
Jane Schoettle ...
Woman in Market
Lindsey Amelio ...
Alex - ages 3 to 5 (as Lindsey Cook Amelio)
Harley Cross ...
Chris - ages 6 to 8
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Based on true events, 'Alex: The Life of a Child' follows former 'Sports Illustrated' writer Frank Deford and his wife Carole when their happy, all-American family is rocked to the core when their baby daughter Alex is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. While CF sufferers were almost certainly doomed to an early death in the Seventies, Alex grew into a child who showed remarkable courage and strength in face of her illness. Her loving family were quick to rally around her, determined to show the same bravery as the little girl as they supported and cherished her through life and struggled to move on after her death at the tragically young age of eight. Written by Kasey Louise

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Just heartbreaking!
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time that I saw this film. It still is worth watching. Alex: the life of a child is one of those films that you can't watch without some feeling. The daughter, Alexandra, suffers from cystic fibrosis. During her short life, her father played beautifully and touching by Craig T. Nelson is sports writer and sports commentator Frank DeFord. He chronicles her short life. He and his wife had it all by the time she was born. They had a beautiful home in the suburbs and a healthy son named CHristopher. When Alex came into their lives, she was the first girl in a long time. The young actress who played Alex deserves credit for bringing to life this child. The actress is Gemma James and she deserved an Emmy for a heartbreaking performance. I also have to admire Bonnie Bedelia's performance as the mother. Her role does not go without saying. How can somebody grieve over the loss of a child? Nobody expects to outlive their child. Since I don't have any children, I can say that I have watched this film and cried a little each time. I keep thinking of what might have been for Alex. Her life was just too short.


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