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The Story Lady (1991)

When Grace comes to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she is eager to find a way to be useful in the community. She loves to read stories to children, and decides to read one on public... See full summary »


Larry Elikann


Robert Zeschin

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Tandy ... Grace McQueen
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Julie Pollard
Lisa Jakub ... Alexandra Pollard
Chris Gartin ... Scott
Tandy Cronyn ... Meg
Richard Masur ... Norm Denton
Ed Begley Jr. ... Otis
Luis Avalos ... Mr. Riley
Andre Rosey Brown ... Security Guard
Charles Champion Charles Champion ... Larry Freeman
Ellen Crawford ... Rita
Mary Pat Gleason ... Receptionist
Jeanine Jackson ... Mrs. Oberg
Jean Kasem ... Sensuous Witch
Michael Mitz Michael Mitz ... Ben Hodgkins


When Grace comes to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she is eager to find a way to be useful in the community. She loves to read stories to children, and decides to read one on public access television. The response is so strong that a large company hears about it and offers her a television series. Her life becomes complicated as she is forced to make some serious decisions. Through it all, Grace is able to help a young mother realize that time is the most valuable gift she could give to her daughter. Written by Schleppy

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A captivating storyteller... a working, single mother and her daughter. The precious gift of time. See more »


Drama | Family


G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

9 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Christmas Story Lady See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Grace Johnston turned down the role of Alexandra Pollard because of conflicting work schedules with One Good Cop (1991). See more »


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A Gem You Might Have Missed...
16 October 2007 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

THE STORY LADY was a delightful Holiday TV movie that starred late Oscar winner Jessica Tandy as a senior citizen who wants to stay active and starts her own public access cable TV show where she reads children's stories on the show. The show begins to attract such a devout following that it attracts the attention of a national ad agency who want to put the show on network television, and as always in stories like this, once they've acquired the show, try to change it. Tandy is absolutely enchanting in one of her final roles and receives effective support from Stephanie Zimbalist as a busy ad exec, Lisa Jakub as her neglected daughter, Ed Begley Jr. as Zimbalist's boss and Christopher Gartin as Tandy's favorite cameraman. The film also features Tandy's real life daughter, Tandy Cronyn. It may be overly sentimental and on the predictable side, but it is a delight from start to finish, thanks to the limitless screen charisma of Jessica Tandy. A fun holiday film for the entire family.

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