Love, Mary

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Love, Mary
Directed by Robert Day
Produced by Ellis A. Cohen
Written by Clifford Campion
Starring Kristy McNichol
Music by Robert Drasnin
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Edited by Ray Daniels
Distributed by CBS Entertainment
Release dates
8 October 1985
Running time
90 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget Completed under budget, filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Love, Mary is a television movie that first aired on CBS-TV on 8 October 1985. It is based on the true story of Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis (portrayed by Kristy McNichol) who achieved a career in family medicine despite a personal struggle with dyslexia.


Mary Louise Groda was a lonely and poor child, from a family of poor farm workers in Portland, Oregon. She was in frequent trouble with juvenile authorities, partly because she hated to go to school.

After a number of breaks from juvenile authorities, Mary's good luck ran out. She and another troubled male teen got caught while they were joy-riding with a stolen car that they crashed. That joy-ride and the subsequent crash were enough for the judge hearing Groda's case, who had no choice but to incarcerate Mary.

A social worker took an interest in Mary, who was sixteen years of age by that time, and realized that she struggled with dyslexia. She then helped Mary excel in studies. Mary gained confidence and began to fight back against her impediment, eventually going to college, earning an M.D. degree. She chose the family practice of pediatrics as her medical specialty.

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