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Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 23 April 1986
Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Frank Deford
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Carole Deford
Gennie James ...
Alex Deford
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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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Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting story touched the hearts of millions when it was first published and then made into a memorable television movie. A new introduction contains information on the latest cystic fibrosis research, and a touching postcript reveals how the Deford family came to terms with the loss of Alex. Whenever he speaks, sportswriter Frank Deford knows people will bring articles for him to sign. But what makes him happiest is when someone attends a sports-oriented lecture and brings a copy of Alex: The Life of a Child for him to sign. "Invariably, and happily, there's usually someone at each appearance who either brings that book or wants to talk about their connection to cystic fibrosis." Deford says. "It's tremendously gratifying to me. Rarely does a week go by ... Written by Written by Kasey Louise

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23 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Una vita troppo breve  »

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Craig T Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia were paired again as husband and wife in 2010s family drama Parenthood. They played Zeek and Camille Braverman. See more »

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Wonderful Movie...still looking for a copy to add...
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was only about 6 or 7 when this movie came out, but I remember it to this day. My family and I still talk about it and wonder if we can get a copy of the movie, but I think I finally found where to get it!! "Daddy, My Little Daddy" has been in our vocabulary since we saw this. This little girl was so brave and strong and I know a little girl who passed away at 7 of Cancer just a few years ago and for some reason, they grow up so fast.

I truly feel this movie should be in EVERYONES movie collection...I could watch it over and over and cry over and over. It makes you cherish life and what you have that much more.

My daughter will also experience this move when she gets older and I know she will love it just as I do.


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