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Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (2006)

A young woman tries to keep a positive attitude while battling breast cancer.


Peter Werner


Nancey Silvers, Geralyn Lucas (book)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Chalke ... Geralyn Lucas
Jay Harrington ... Tyler Lucas
Lally Cadeau Lally Cadeau ... Geralyn's Mom
Harvey Atkin ... Geralyn's Dad
Robin Brûlé ... Wendy
Mayko Nguyen ... Donna
Julie Khaner ... Meredith
Ron Lea
Patti LaBelle ... Moneisha
Conrad Pla ... Cuban Taxi Driver
Geoffrey Pounsett ... Dr. Bob Bradley
Jordan Barker ... Adam
Andrew Gillies ... Victor
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Dr. Crone
Janet Lo ... Mammogram Nurse


Based on a true story and memoir under the same name. With so many things going good in her life-great husband and friends, wonderful family, dream job-the last thing 27-year-old Geralyn Lucas expects is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. While having fear and doubts, Geralyn finds self-acceptance by relying on courage, humor, and her red lipstick. Written by r2k443

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Release Date:

23 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Why I Wore Lipstick See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) See more »

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Inspiring, humorous and realistic
31 March 2015 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

Unfortunately I missed the first half an hour of this made for TV movie but it totally sucked me in and I wish I'd seen it from the beginning. A very inspiring story, Sarah Chalke gives an amazing performance here as Geralyn Lucas; a young woman at the start of her life with everything going for her (great husband, supportive family, friends, dream job) who is diagnosed with breast cancer. Geralyn fights back on her own terms using courage, humour and never without her bright red lipstick.

Sarah Chalke brings warmth and sensitivity to the central role and the dialogue is witty and fun (even though she's going through cancer and debilitating chemo). The effects her sickness has on her husband and friends as well as herself are also well explored and felt realistic. Based on a memoir 04.13

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