The Burning Bed

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The Burning Bed
The Burning Bed (DVD cover).jpg
Genre Crime
Distributed by NBC
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Produced by Jon Avnet (executive producer)
Rose Leiman Goldemberg (co-producer)
Carol Schreder (producer)
Steve Tisch (executive producer)
Written by Faith McNulty (book)
Rose Leiman Goldemberg
Starring Farrah Fawcett
Paul Le Mat
Richard Masur
Music by Charles Gross
Cinematography Isidore Mankofsky
Editing by Richard Fetterman (as Richard W. Fetterman)
Michael A. Stevenson
Production company Tisch/Avnet Productions Inc.
Country US
Language English
Original channel NBC
Release date October 8, 1984
Running time 95 mins

The Burning Bed is the name of both a non-fiction book by Faith McNulty about battered housewife Francine Hughes, and the TV-movie adaptation written by Rose Leiman Goldemberg.

After thirteen years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, James Berlin ("Mickey") Hughes, she set fire to the bed he was sleeping in at their Dansville, Michigan home on March 9, 1977. Mickey Hughes was killed and the house destroyed in the resulting inferno.


On the night of the fire, Hughes told her children to put their coats on and wait for her in the car. She then started the fire with gasoline which was poured around the bed that Mickey Hughes was sleeping in. After the house had caught fire, Hughes drove with her children to the local police station in order to confess. Hughes went to court in Lansing, Michigan, and was found by a jury of her peers to be not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.

Film adaptation[edit]

Having turned the book into a made-for-television movie, Goldemberg's screenplay, The Burning Bed, premiered on NBC on October 8, 1984. Directed by Robert Greenwald, the film starred Farrah Fawcett as Francine Hughes and Paul LeMat as Mickey Hughes.

The movie was filmed in Rosharon, Texas. The house that served as the house of Farrah Fawcett's character still stands today.[when?]


The movie premiered with a household share of 36.2 ranking it the 17th highest rated movie to air on network television.[1]



  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 805. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 

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