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This Is My Life (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 February 1992 (USA)
A stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) neglects her two daughters in the midst of her newfound fame.

Director:

Nora Ephron

Writers:

Meg Wolitzer (book), Nora Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Kavner ... Dottie Ingels
Samantha Mathis ... Erica Ingels
Gaby Hoffmann ... Opal Ingels
Carrie Fisher ... Claudia Curtis
Dan Aykroyd ... Arnold Moss
Bob Nelson Bob Nelson ... Ed
Marita Geraghty ... Mia Jablon
Welker White ... Lynn
Caroline Aaron ... Martha Ingels
Kathy Najimy ... Angela (as Kathy Ann Najimy)
Danny Zorn Danny Zorn ... Jordan Strang
Renée Lippin Renée Lippin ... Arlene
Joy Behar ... Ruby
Estelle Harris ... Aunt Harriet
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Morris Chesler
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Storyline

Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two daughters, Erica and Opal, to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her agent, Arnold Moss, makes her famous, but while she travels all over the USA, the girls stay home lonely. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Before the tour, before the talk shows, she was our mom. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta es mi vida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,922,094
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dan Aykroyd (Moss) and Carrie Fisher (Claudia) were a couple before she married Paul Simon. See more »

Quotes

Opal Ingels: What about "the moss?"
Dottie Ingels: Maybe you'll get to like "the moss", he grows on you.
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Soundtracks

You Can't Get To Heaven
Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
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This movie is a funny look at balancing family and career!
11 September 2012 | by STLmoviewatcherSee all my reviews

I loved this movie when it first came out, and the 3 or 4 times that I have seen it since then. I really identified with the single mom with two kids trying to balance life and work. I was doing the same thing then! It reminded me that if you can find something funny about a difficult time in your life, you may be more able to get through it. Family is everything to Dottie and her kids, and the still unresolved issues at the end are fine, since life usually just continues and not every problem can be resolved at the same time. I recommend this movie to anyone who is trying to balance family and a career and a love life! It made me cry and laugh at the same time!


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