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Who Will Love My Children? (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 14 February 1983
Based on a true story of Iowa farm wife Lucile Fray. Ann-Margret plays a dying mother of ten whose last wish is to find loving families for her children.


John Erman


Michael Bortman
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Lucile Fray
Frederic Forrest ... Ivan Fray
Cathryn Damon ... Hazel Anderson
Donald Moffat ... Dick Thomas
Lonny Chapman ... Milton Hammond
Patricia Smith ... Cleta Thomas
Jess Osuna Jess Osuna ... Dr. Willis
Christopher Allport ... Kenneth Handy
Patrick Brennan Patrick Brennan ... Carl Fray
Soleil Moon Frye ... Linda Fray
Tracey Gold ... Pauline Fray
Joel Graves Joel Graves ... Warren Fray
Rachel Jacobs ... Joyce Fray
Robby Kiger Robby Kiger ... Frank Fray
Cady McClain ... Virginia Fray


Based on a true story of Iowa farm wife Lucile Fray. Ann-Margret plays a dying mother of ten whose last wish is to find loving families for her children.

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A true story of incredible Love and courage... [UK theatrical] See more »




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Release Date:

14 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chi amerà i miei bambini? See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the Emmy Awards ceremony, Barbara Stanwyck won the award for best actress for "The Thorn Birds" over Ann-Margaret for "Who Will Love My Children?" In accepting the award, Stanwyck said, "This is an honor. But the woman who should have won this award is sitting over there," pointing to Ann-Margaret. "I think she gave one of the finest, most beautiful performances I have ever seen. Ann-Margaret, you were superb." See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different variations exist: the opening on-screen disclaimer is read by Ann-Margret, but in the international theatrical version, it's in a different alignment and her voice is not heard. The ending credits are featured over a still image of the Fray family and in the international version, the end credits roll against a simple black background. See more »


Remade as Akashadoothu (1993) See more »

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Saddest movie ever
11 January 2004 | by skusSee all my reviews

Ann-Margaret was unbelievable. I saw this film so many years ago but it had a huge impact on me. I cried throughout the whole movie. My eyes and face were so red

and swollen that it stayed on my face for a day. The next day in

school people thought someone in my family had died or I had

been beaten up. I have watched for it to be rerun on TV but can never find it. I have

tried to purchase it but I don't think it is possible. I would LOVE to

see it again and tape it. I would love to show it to my Death and Dying Class. Help?

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