Ethel and Norman Thayer are an old couple living "On Golden Pond". Their daughter, Chelsea, is 42 years old, and has never been married. She is dating a 45 year old dentist, and brings him up to Golden Pond to meet her parents. Her boyfriend, Bill, has a 14 year old son named Billy, who comes along. Young Billy has been virtually raised by his mother, who is newly divorced from his father. The troubled child is left with the elderly Thayers for some time, as his father and Chelsea take off for a tour of Europe. Character-driven story about an elderly man coming to terms with his age, and the nearing of death; a middle-aged woman attempting to enter into a father-daughter relationship with her dad, whom she has never known closely; and a young teenager dealing with parental divorce. Written by
Laura K. B.
Did You Know?
Adapted from a Broadway play, in which the roles of Norman and Ethel were played by Tom Aldredge
and Frances Sternhagen
. The stage production of "On Golden Pond" opened at the New Apollo Theater in New York on February 21, 1979 and ran for 126 performances. See more
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