My Body, My Child

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My Body, My Child
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
Produced by Thomas De Wolfe
Robert Berger (supervising)
Herbert Brodkin (executive)
Written by Louisa Burns-Bisogno
Starring Vanessa Redgrave
Jack Albertson
Joseph Campanella
Stephen Elliott
James Naughton
Music by Charles Gross
Cinematography Tony Imi
Editing by Robert M. Reitano
Ronald Roose
Country United States
Language English
Release date April 12, 1982
Running time 100 minutes

My Body, My Child is a 1982 television film directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and starring Vanessa Redgrave. It premiered on ABC on 12 April, 1982. It includes early performances by future Sex and the City co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon. It is also the final role of Jack Albertson, who was subsequently nominated posthumously for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.


Leenie (Redgrave) is a middle-aged Irish-American schoolteacher with three grown daughters. Yet she unexpectedly finds herself pregnant again and is delighted. However her doctor rejects this possibility because of an unreliable blood test and her age. Thus her symptoms such as troubled sleeping and sickness are mis-diagnosed as psychogenic. She is prescribed a host of medications to cope with these difficulties. However it later turns out that she is in fact pregnant and that these medications have been causing irreversible damage to her unborn baby. Faced with the truth that her child will be born with defects, she faces a decision to keep the baby or go against her religious beliefs and have an abortion.[1]


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  1. ^ Overview for My Body, My Child TCM. Retrieved on 1 September 2010

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