An American Daughter (film)

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An American Daughter
Written by Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Sheldon Larry
Release
Original channel Lifetime Television
Original release
  • 2000 (2000)

An American Daughter is a 2000 Lifetime Television film directed by Sheldon Larry. The teleplay was written by Wendy Wasserstein, based on one of her plays.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes (Lahti) is the daughter of U.S. Senator Alan Hughes (Stanley Anderson). She appears to be headed for nomination as the U.S. Surgeon General until a background check reveals she once neglected to return a jury duty notice. Then, she makes a faux paus in comments about her homemaker mother that leaves her open to a media blitz and her certain nomination suddenly appears to be in doubt. She is supported by her best friend, Judith Kaufman (Lynne Thigpen), an "African American Jewish feminist"[1] physician, who has her own set of troubles.

Principal cast[edit]

Source: New York Times[2]

Production[edit]

The made-for-TV film was broadcast on the Lifetime network in June 2000.[2][3] The TV film is based on Wasserstein's play of the same title, An American Daughter, which ran on Broadway in 1997.

Critical response[edit]

The Variety reviewer noted that the "screenplay is much more than an exploration into the mutual adulation of and animosity toward powerful women. It’s also a provocative look at the complex issues that converge when the definition of roles, be they gender or political, are called into question."[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Globe Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. "Differing Views on Raising This 'Daughter'" latimes.com, June 2000
  2. ^ a b Salamon, Julie. Review nytimes.com, June 5, 2000
  3. ^ a b Fries, Laura. Review variety.com, June 5, 2000

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