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A Woman of Independent Means 

Bess Steed marries her childhood sweetheart in the early part of the 20th century and begins a life in the high society of Dallas, Texas. As time goes by, things do not work out as she ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
...  Totsie 3 episodes, 1995
...  Lydia 3 episodes, 1995
...  Eleanor, as an adult 3 episodes, 1995
Andrew Lowery ...  Drew, as an adult 3 episodes, 1995
...  Mother Steed 3 episodes, 1995
...  Andrew Alcott 3 episodes, 1995
Joshua Miller 3 episodes, 1995
...  Walter Burton 3 episodes, 1995
Christianne Mays ...  Annie 3 episodes, 1995
Julie Mayfield ...  Mavis 3 episodes, 1995
Randy Moore ...  Manning 3 episodes, 1995
Brooke Hailey ...  Betsy 3 episodes, 1995
Mark Walters ...  Matthew 3 episodes, 1995
Cynthia Dorn ...  Marthareen 3 episodes, 1995
Richard Dillard ...  Richard Prince 3 episodes, 1995
Jill Parker-Jones ...  Exa Banks 3 episodes, 1995
...  Howard Blackstone 3 episodes, 1995
Christina Stojanovich ...  Eleanor #1 3 episodes, 1995
...  Drew #1 3 episodes, 1995
Trevor Meeks ...  Robin #1 3 episodes, 1995
Emmy Barker ...  Eleanor #2 3 episodes, 1995
...  Drew #2 3 episodes, 1995
Matthew Loehr ...  Robin #2 3 episodes, 1995
Marietta Marich ...  Mama 3 episodes, 1995
Rutherford Cravens ...  Marvin Hamilton 3 episodes, 1995
...  Old Nanny 3 episodes, 1995
Emily Courtney ...  Nell 3 episodes, 1995
Malachi Melville ...  Young Nurse 3 episodes, 1995
Kristin Birch ...  Hotel Maid 3 episodes, 1995
Donald Lawson ...  Newspaper Editor 3 episodes, 1995
Jessica Drake ...  Pregnant Woman 3 episodes, 1995
Pam Dougherty ...  Second Jessamine Sister 3 episodes, 1995
Gena Sleete ...  Mrs. Maxwell 3 episodes, 1995
Cliff Stephens ...  Car Salesman 3 episodes, 1995
...  St. Louis Bellhop 3 episodes, 1995
...  Mrs. Fleck 3 episodes, 1995
Morgan Redmond ...  Man in English Garden 3 episodes, 1995
...  Eleanor's Doctor 3 episodes, 1995
...  Bess Alcott Steed Garner 3 episodes, 1995
...  Robert Steed 3 episodes, 1995
...  Arthur 3 episodes, 1995
...  Sam Garner 3 episodes, 1995
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Bess Steed marries her childhood sweetheart in the early part of the 20th century and begins a life in the high society of Dallas, Texas. As time goes by, things do not work out as she expects. Her husband dies of influenza, and she finds that she must pick up and carry along with her life. She proves to be a strong, commited, and loving individual who attracts new loves into her life and finds that she can take good care of the old ones. Despite further tragedy in losing her oldest son, and a second marriage that is not all that she expects it to be she continues to survive as independently as she has discovered the courage to do so. Written by CD

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
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The main character has three children: two boys, Robin and Drew, and then a daughter, Eleanor. As the children grow older the daughter seems to become the middle child and Drew the youngest. See more »

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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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This was a pleasant surprise
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The only unfortunate part of the movie was that I missed the ending. What a bummer. Sally Field was wonderful throughout the movie. As a wife, mother, friend, lover, and daughter-in-law, she performed well. She is so believable and it was really interesting to see what life and culture was like in the past. When she referred to the conventions of life and how stifling they were at the time, she inspired me to "look outside the box". She was a true friend, even when her unexpected match-making resulted in her losing her lover. The last part I was able to see was after the picnic with Sam and the children when she gave in a kissed him. I would love to know where I could get a copy of the movie.


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