Grace of My Heart (1996)

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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 GĂ©nio  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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: What exactly did you like about my record? The thickness of the vinyl?
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »


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Written by Boyd Rice
Produced by Larry Klein
Performed by For Real
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

There's no justice in this world...
11 February 2002 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

That Allison Anders film wasn't seen by a wider audience is a real

shame. The film is excellent, it has a real heart to it, and the

soundtrack is possibly the best I've seen in a film about making music.

Illeana Douglas is totally convincing as songwriter 'Denise Waverly',

the support from Turturro is both amusing and weirdly moving.

It's hard not to have the suspicion that if this film had been made by

a man, then he would have been widely feted as THE next big thing.

The moment where Douglas sings the song "God Give Me Strength" to Matt

Dillon in the studio makes my hair stand on end even as I type this. And

I'm wearing heavy duty wax in my hair

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