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This Is My Life -- From the Macy's cosmetics counter to stand-up comic, salesgirl Dottie Ingels
(Julie Kavner) is an overnight sensation and her whole life suddenly changes.


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Writers (WGA):
Meg Wolitzer (book)
Nora Ephron (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 February 1992 (USA) See more »
It's 10pm. Do you know where your mother is? See more »
A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It would be silly to resist it See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Kavner ... Dottie Ingels

Samantha Mathis ... Erica Ingels

Gaby Hoffmann ... Opal Ingels

Carrie Fisher ... Claudia Curtis

Dan Aykroyd ... Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson ... Ed

Marita Geraghty ... Mia Jablon

Welker White ... Lynn

Caroline Aaron ... Martha Ingels

Kathy Najimy ... Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn ... Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin ... Arlene

Joy Behar ... Ruby

Estelle Harris ... Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus ... Morris Chesler
David Eisner ... Oliver

Annie Golden ... Marianne

Tim Blake Nelson ... Dennis
Harvey Miller ... Lester

Patrick Rose ... Gary Garry

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Jordan's Mom

Ellen Cleghorne ... TV Talk Show Host
Valri Bromfield ... Dawna
Diane Sokolow ... Charlene

Tom Wood ... Billy

Louis Di Bianco ... Norman Ingels
Barbara Stewart ... Joanne

Sylvia Kauders ... Evelyn
Faye Cohen ... Evelyn's Daughter

Theresa Tova ... Rochelle

Marcia DeBonis ... Linda
Heather Brown ... Jessica
Billy Van ... Agent
Bob Zidel ... Mr. Kaminski
Joel Y. Zion ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Dr. Joel Y. Zion)
John E. Johnson ... Martin
Joseph Mastrodominico ... Moving Man
Max Bernstein ... Tree Boy #1
Oliver Obst ... Tree Boy #2 (as Oly Obst)
Jacob Bernstein ... Tree Boy #3
Zoe Heyes ... Girl in Mouse Costume
Renessa Blitz ... Lisa
Lisa Jai ... Shawn (as Lisa Boynton)
Audrey Webb ... Mrs. Fabricant

Kathryn Greenwood ... Young Matron (as Katherine Greenwood)

Eric Mendelsohn ... Ice Cream Parlor Waiter (as Eric R. Mendelsohn)
Bo Dietl ... Private Detective Wheedle

Directed by
Nora Ephron 
Writing credits
Meg Wolitzer (book "This Is Your Life")

Nora Ephron (screenplay) &
Delia Ephron (screenplay)

Produced by
Carole Isenberg .... executive producer
Michael R. Joyce .... co-producer
Patricia K. Meyer .... executive producer
Lynda Obst .... producer
Original Music by
Carly Simon 
Cinematography by
Bobby Byrne 
Film Editing by
Robert M. Reitano 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
Art Direction by
Barbra Matis 
Set Decoration by
Jaro Dick 
Hilton Rosemarin 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Paul R.J. Elliot .... hair stylist (as Paul Elliot)
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
Production Management
Barbara Kelly .... production manager
JoAnn M. Laub .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Mark D. Currie .... trainee assistant director: day calls
Karen Lee Hall .... second assistant director (as Karen Hall)
Ron Oxley .... third assistant director
Rose Tedesco .... third assistant director
Stuart Williams .... daily assistant director
Stuart Williams .... trainee assistant director: dailies
Art Department
Daniel R. Bradette .... property master
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Doug McLean .... assistant art director
Gustave Meunier .... prop buyer (as Gus Meunier)
Greg Pelchat .... assistant property master
Phillip Tellez .... on-set carpenter
Jeff Ginn .... graphic artist/signs (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Stuart Emanuel .... sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
Douglas Ganton .... sound mixer
Harry Higgins .... re-recording mixer
Kenton Jakub .... assistant adr editor
Kerry Kelley .... re-recording mixer
George A. Lara .... foley recordist (as George Lara)
Tony Martinez .... dialogue editor
Jay Nierenberg .... assistant sound editor
Reilly Steele .... adr recordist
Reynald Trudel .... boom operator
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Peter Waggoner .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Arthur Langevin .... special effects key
Bob Hall .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Boyle .... gaffer
David Crone .... camera operator
Roger Dean .... generator operator
Charlie Goodchild .... best boy grip
Glen Goodchild .... dolly grip
Wayne Goodchild .... key grip
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Roy Irvine .... grip
Cal Kohne .... grip
Thom Ryan .... focus puller
Dave C. Sheridan .... clapper loader (as David Sheridan)
Davidson Tate .... camera trainee
Noel Verhoog .... camera trainee
Ken Wyke .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Jaki Baskow .... las vegas casting
Deirdre Bowen .... additional casting: Canada
Wendy Ettinger .... additional casting: New York City
Laura Rosenthal .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Loreen Lightfoot .... seamstress
Eric Mendelsohn .... assistant costume designer (as Eric R. Mendelsohn)
Margaret Mohr .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Yasmine Amitai .... apprentice editor
Kent Blocher .... second assistant editor
Alisa Lepselter .... first assistant editor
Lee Michael Searles .... assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Location Management
Joe Barzo .... location scout
Donna E. Bloom .... location manager: New York
Douglas Brisebois .... location assistant
Vince Nyuli .... location manager
Gordon Yang .... location manager
Justin Cooke .... location assistant: New York (uncredited)
Music Department
Vince Caro .... assistant scoring engineer
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
Frank Filipetti .... music producer
Matthias Gohl .... conductor (as Teese Gohl)
Matthias Gohl .... music arranger (as Teese Gohl)
Michael Kosarin .... vocal contractor
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Raoul Roach .... music coordinator
Raoul Roach .... soundtrack supervisor
Anne Sawyer .... assistant music editor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bill Jackson .... transportation captain
Brian O'Hara .... transportation coordinator
Robert Tenaglia .... head driver
Roger Wooge .... driver: set dressing
Other crew
Walter Bernard .... title designer
Patricia Birch .... choreographer
Toni Blay .... production coordinator
Linda Callow .... stand-in: Julie Kavner
Milton Glaser .... title designer
Sara Holmes .... assistant accountant
Heather McIntosh .... production accountant
Maureen McKeon .... production secretary
Regina Robb .... production coordinator
Elaine Scott .... assistant production accountant
Jennifer Scott .... assistant: Michael Joyce
Geoffrey Smither .... set production assistant
Betsy Sokolow .... unit publicist
Bill Tyler .... set production assistant
Carmen B. Weets .... assistant: Lynda Obst
Mimi Wolch .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality (edited for re-rating)
USA:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | UK:12 (theatrical) | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Opal Ingels:What about "the moss?"
Dottie Ingels:Maybe you'll get to like "the moss", he grows on you.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
It would be silly to resist it, 11 January 2004
Author: Emily Gordon from New York City

The gritty Meg Wolitzer novel Ephron's script is based on is far darker than the cinematic end result, but that doesn't keep this movie from being a sweet, subtle and empathetic (to _all_ its characters, even the potential caricature of a paper-gnawing agent played by Dan Aykroyd) story. It's also as much of a love letter to New York as Woody Allen's "Manhattan" or "Everyone Says I Love You." This isn't a typical Ephron movie the way "Sleepless in Seattle" or "You've Got Mail" are, whatever you might think of them; it's about the genuine trauma of adolescence, the complexities of trying to be a grownup when you're still figuring yourself out, and--transcending the cliche of "the tears of a clown"--the sadness that often lurks behind the most successful lives in comedy and the sacrifices comedians make to get there. The soundtrack by Carly Simon is an extra treat. Highly recommended.

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