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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)

The movie, adapted from Allan Gurganus's 1989 book of the same name, chronicles the life of Lucy Marsden, a 99-year-old North Carolina woman who at age 14 married a 50-year-old Confederate ... See full summary »

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lucy Honicut Marsden
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Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid
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Lucy Marsden (age 99-100)
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Bianca Honicut
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Prof. Taw, Old Folks Home Resident
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Etta Pell, Old Folks Home Resident
Camille Cooper ...
Shirey Ann Williams, Lucy's best girlhood friend
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Lady Mardsen
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Zundro (Sandra)
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Willie Marsden (at 13)
Jesse Zeigler ...
Ned Mardsen (12), Lucy's eldest son
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Ned Smythe, Willie's best friend (flashback scenes)
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Samuel Honicut
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Ruth Wilgus, Neighbor with telephone
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The movie, adapted from Allan Gurganus's 1989 book of the same name, chronicles the life of Lucy Marsden, a 99-year-old North Carolina woman who at age 14 married a 50-year-old Confederate veteran of the Civil War and bore nine children (reduced to six for television). Diane Lane stars as Lucy from her teenage years into middle age, and Anne Bancroft plays Lucy approaching her 100th birthday, telling her story in flashback.

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1 May 1994 (USA)  »

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(2 parts) | | (DVD)

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1.33 : 1
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Mary Stuart Masterson and Sissy Spacek were considered for the role of Lucy Honicut Marsden. See more »

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Another Plus for Diane Lane!!!
24 November 2006 | by (Fayetteville, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I first saw this great film about 6 years ago, and have seen it twice since then; and have only two weeks ago gotten it on DVD (At Wast, as Elmer Fudd would say!) Diane Lane (as usual) excels in this story of a young girl age 14, who marries a 40's Confederate veteran and it basically tells the story of (literally) the rest of their lives. Very touching,moving at times, and VERY well acted. Also turning in a stellar performance is Donald Sutherland as the veteran, and a Cecily Tyson, also in her case AS USUAL! It's simply an excellent film from start to finish - even the supporting cast does that; support the film with exceptional acting. I recommend it highly!!!


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