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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Melonie Mazman Hayden ...
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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Have been looking for a copy of this movie for years!
26 July 2004 | by (Slinger, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

My three children and I watched this movie together and still talk about it often. All three are grown with children of their own now and we have been looking for a copy for our movie library. The story itself was beautiful and the casting was perfect. The day to day lifestyle of a family with a sick child was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. We still quote the line from Alex, "Daddy, my little Daddy."

I think the best part was the portrayal of Alex herself. The vivacious personality that everyone adored. The brave little girl with the huge heart. The actress who never stopped acting up until the very end.

To this day, after all of these years, this movie remains one of our all-time favorites!


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