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Grace of My Heart (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  13 September 1996 (USA)
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An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Waverly / Edna Buxton
Sissy Boyd ...
Dress Saleswoman
Mrs. Buxton
Jill Sobule ...
Singing Contestant
Jennifer Leigh Warren ...
Doris Shelley
Tegan West ...
M.C. at Talent Show
Audition Record Producer
Natalie Venetia Belcon ...
Kathy Barbour ...
Sha Sha
Joel Millner
Waitress in Diner
Eric Jerome Kirkland ...
Irving Washington III ...
Stylette (as Irving Eugene Washington III)
Kurt Jackson ...
Michael Angelo Saulsberry ...
Stylette (as Michael Saulsberry)


An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and a bad marriage, to her final triumph. Written by John Deming <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For years her songs brought fame to other people. Then she found her own voice.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de Um Génio  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,654 (USA) (13 September 1996)


$617,632 (USA) (4 October 1996)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Kelly Porter, the female bubblegum pop singer who was in the closet (played by Bridget Fonda) was inspired by Lesley Gore who actually helped compose some of the music in the movie. At the time of Gore's 2015 death, she had been with her romantic partner, Lois Sasson, for 33 years. See more »


Jay Phillips' sunglasses during TV interview. See more »


Denise Waverly: He smokes some grass. He uses some psychedelics. He uses peyote, but he is down on hard drugs.
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References Oklahoma! (1955) See more »


Take a Run at the Sun
Written and Performed by J. Mascis (as J Mascis)
Produced by J. Mascis (as J Mascis) and Larry Klein
Courtesy of Blanco y Negro/Warner Music UK Limited
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User Reviews

I can't believe more people don't know about this great movie!
24 February 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie a couple years ago because I like Illeana Douglas. I ended up buying 20 copies of it to give to friends as gifts for Christmas that year. The story is compelling, the cast is amazing...I can't believe more people don't know about this movie. The original music is great, too. The film moves seamlessly from the fifties through the seventies due in part to the talent of the actors, but also due to the impressive costume and makeup work and the wonderful original music written for each period. Y'know how people often say of good movies, "You'll laugh/You'll cry"? Well this is one of those.

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