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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
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)
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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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Alex: The Life of A Child is my favorite movie
15 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched Alex: The Life of A Child when it came on TV and we taped it. I watched it over and over that our tape went bad. I would cry every time I watched it, but I love it. My friend taped it again for me off cable TV, but I watched it so much that my tape went bad again. So I have been looking all over for the movie so I could see it again. I want to watch it and cry when I watch it, because Alex was such a loving, creative, and imaginative little girl, who loved to make people happy. I can't wait to get the movie. I would love to show it to my nieces Kayla and Gabrielle someday. My Mom and my friend Kristy also love Alex: The Life of a Child as much as I do. My Mom has been wanting to buy it for a long time also. This is one of the best room I have ever seen. Thank you Frank Deford for sharing your daughter's life with us so that we could enjoy her too. As well as understand what cystic fibrosis is and how it affects a child that has it.


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