Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  4 September 1995 (USA)
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The fact-based true story of the rapid rise to fame and untimely death of Jessica Savitch - one of America's first female news anchors.



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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Savitch
Ron Kershaw
Laura McCormick
Mel Korn
William Converse-Roberts ...
Sean McCann
Randy Means ...
Terry Wills
Adam Murphy
Al Binder
Maruska Stankova ...
Lilyan Wilder
Jeff Pustil ...
Jody Simons
Emmertz Canterbury
John Bolger ...
Martin Fishbein
Dini Petty ...
Lillie Werner
Damir Andrei ...
Buddy Savitch


The fact-based true story of the rapid rise to fame and untimely death of Jessica Savitch - one of America's first female news anchors. Written by Rick Hudson <>

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4 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Almost Golden  »

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Did You Know?


Sela Ward had never seen the newsbreak that caused the downturn in Savitch's career (where she appeared drugged on camera), and gave her performance based on eyewitness stories about it. A video copy turned up later, but it was decided not to reshoot the scene. See more »


We see the NBC logo (with the 'N' and 11 feathered peacock) in the Washington offices in 1977 - that logo wasn't used until 1979. See more »


[after Jessica's off-air tirade]
Lady in control room: I haven't seen anything like her or that in my life. You talk about better living through chemistry.
Engineer Craig: Whatever she's on, that is a keeper.
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Featured in Catch a Falling Star (2000) See more »

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Sela Ward deserved her best actress nomination
20 December 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Sela Ward was outstanding in this movie and deserved her award for Best Actress. She publicly thanked the screenwriter, Linda Bergman, for such a compelling script. The movie remains one of the highest rated TV movies made for cable and is a must-see for those who followed Jessica's meteoric career.

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