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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
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 <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

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?


Most of the '60s-style hair-dos in this movie were wigs. However, the Lesley Gore-inspired character Kelly Porter's incredibly styled hair was in fact actor Bridget Fonda's own hair. 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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Unwanted Number
Written by Elvis Costello
Produced by Larry Klein
Performed by For Real
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

I love this movie!
31 July 2002 | by (Louisville) – See all my reviews

I love rock and roll movies set in the 60s, and this is a fun one. Illeana Douglas is wonderful as Edna Buxton/Denise Waverly, and yes, she's only loosely based on Carole King (makes me think a bit of Carly Simon, too, since she's an heiress). I think John Turturro is a hoot as Joel Millner, of course, he's always great. Eric Stoltz and Matt Dillon are impressive, too, although the movie loses some impetus and impact when Denise moves to California with Jay (Dillon's character). Still, it's one of my favorites--I just received my DVD the other day and watched all of the special features that evening. It's a fun (albeit sometimes sad)movie!!!

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