This Is My Life (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  21 February 1992 (USA)
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A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dottie Ingels
Erica Ingels
Opal Ingels
Claudia Curtis
Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson ...
Mia Jablon
Martha Ingels
Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn ...
Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin ...
Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus ...
Morris Chesler


Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two daughters, Erica and Opal, to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her agent, Arnold Moss, makes her famous, but while she travels all over the USA, the girls stay home lonely. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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It's 10pm. Do you know where your mother is? See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esta es mi vida  »

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Box Office


$2,922,094 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Opal Ingels: What about "the moss?"
Dottie Ingels: Maybe you'll get to like "the moss", he grows on you.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


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Charming movie portraying women as they really are.
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A charming little movie directed and co-written by the brilliant Nora Ephron. Well drawn characters, inventive script and first-class acting throughout by an ensemble led by Julie Kavner and featuring Carrie. Fisher and Dan Aykroyd. With unusual insight and intelligence, it follows the show business career of a department store cosmetologist, would-be comedienne and single mother and the father who abandoned the children. Few films so realistically and gently portray the tensions in the lives of very good mothers and really good children as they struggle to balance the needs of school, family and career, and not always succeeding. It is easy to identify with these characters and to root for their success.

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