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My Mother's Secret Life (1984)

16 year old Tobi has just lost her father, whom she has been living with. She finds her mother's address in his papers. So Tobi builds up a fantasy of what her mother, Ellen Blake, must be ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loni Anderson ... Ellen Blake
Paul Sorvino ... Max
Amanda Wyss ... Tobi Jensen
James Sutorius ... Joe Parkman
Sandy McPeak ... Frank
Douglas Dirkson ... Michael Jensen
Grace Zabriskie ... Maggie Ryan
Stanley Kamel ... Larry Fenton
Grand L. Bush ... Rayfield Williams
Francine Lembi Francine Lembi ... Sharon
Dan Shor ... Jack Camaras
James Arone ... Tony
Eric Barnes Eric Barnes ... Bartender
Stephanie Borsos Stephanie Borsos ... Biker Girl
Mike Boyle Mike Boyle ... Barker


16 year old Tobi has just lost her father, whom she has been living with. She finds her mother's address in his papers. So Tobi builds up a fantasy of what her mother, Ellen Blake, must be like. But when she goes to see her, she finds out her mother is a high priced call-girl. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Release Date:

5 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Secreta de Mamãe See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Farrah Fawcett had accepted the starring role, but left the project due to creative differences with producer Barry Oringer. The role was then offered to Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. See more »


Ellen Blake: She's my daughter.
Joe Parkman: Your kid. Well well well well. How'd that happen?
Ellen Blake: You ought to know.
Joe Parkman: She's the one. All that time ago.
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My Favorite Movie with Amanda Wyss that should be officially available on DVD
18 May 2018 | by timluceroSee all my reviews

This is my favorite movie with Amanda Wyss when she has the most beautiful and natural look without makeup before moving on to other movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Silverado, & Shakma. She plays 16 year old Tobi Jensen who decides to travel from Ohio to San Francisco (the home of Dirty Harry Callahan & The Doobie Brothers) to find and meet her mother (Loni Anderson) for the first time in 13 years after her father unfortunately dies. Tobi's voice during the time she meets and gets acquainted with her mother for the first time after 13 years sounds so beautiful and soft when she is so happy about the meaningful moment. The first few minutes are my favorite part of the movie until she discovers the truth about her mother's secret life as a high priced call girl, which is when her voice begins to change when she is enraged with anger. Then it becomes sad and depressing when Tobi begins to feel unloved and unwanted by her mother who cannot commit to her responsibilities as a parent. Meanwhile, This movie should be an example of how everybody should make the right choices regarding their life. I would really love to see this classic meaningful movie become officially available on DVD, which I would unquestionably buy. I have not watched this for 20 years, and I really miss it. Overall, my heart really went out to Tobi because of all the bad luck and trauma she suffered.

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