You Light Up My Life (film)

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You Light Up My Life
You light up my life poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Joseph Brooks
Produced by Joseph Brooks
Written by Joseph Brooks
Starring Didi Conn
Joe Silver
Michael Zaslow
Music by Joseph Brooks
Cinematography Eric Saarinen
Edited by Lynzee Klingman
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 31, 1977 (1977-08-31)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

You Light Up My Life is a 1977 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Joseph Brooks.[1] The picture stars Didi Conn, Stephen Nathan and Michael Zaslow, and follows a girl named Laurie (Conn), who wants to be a singer. Soon, she finds herself pressed by young friends to sing and her father, who wants her to be a comic.[1]

The film was widely panned by critics, garnering a 20% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Some cited Didi Conn's sensitive portrayal and the title song as its most worthwhile features.[2]

Title song[edit]

The film received the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the title song "You Light Up My Life." The song was written by Joseph Brooks and sung for the film's soundtrack by Kvitka "Kasey" Cisyk.[1]

The song was later recorded by Debby Boone, and upon its release, it was #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for a record-setting 10 consecutive weeks, making it the biggest hit of the 1970s. It earned Debby Boone a Grammy for Best New Artist.


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