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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?


According to director Allison Anders (on her commentary sound track for the DVD) it was a first for a movie to show a woman's waters breaking (in the recording studio scene - however such an event had already been depicted as early as Cinderella Liberty (1973)) as well as having her sweater getting wet because it was time to breastfeed her baby. Allison Anders had also asked for "child care" to be listed in the end credits. See more »


Jay Phillips' sunglasses during TV interview. See more »


Denise Waverly: Howard? You're not going to believe this, but I think I'm pregnant.
Howard Cazsatt: No, you can't be. I pulled out.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »


God Give Me Strength
Written, Produced and Performed by Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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User Reviews

beautiful movie
26 July 2002 | by (Peoria, IL) – See all my reviews

First of all, this was NOT a "Carole King biopic." The character is called Denise Waverly, NOT Carole King. The character was loosely based on Carole King, just as other characters were LOOSELY based on people from the era.

Secondly, phony soundtrack? Ummmmmm . . .ok, wanna check out the composers on the soundtrack??

Finally, calling Ileanna Douglas a "dog" or "ugly" was perhaps the stupidest comment I have EVER seen on IMDB, and believe me, I've seen many stupid comments. Not only is she beautiful, she is also a wonderful actress who does an amazing job in this film. AND even if she was "ugly" (not my words), why should that hinder your enjoyment of the film? Give me a break.

If you don't like a film, at least do us all the favor of giving good reasons and at least ATTEMPT to make intelligent comments rather than the half-baked crap we see here.

This film was excellent. The soundtrack was amazing, the actors were even more amazing. 10/10

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