Kate's Secret

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Kate's Secret
Kate's Secret Opening Title.jpg
Opening title
Written byDenise DeGarmo
Susan Seeger
Directed byArthur Allan Seidelman
StarringMeredith Baxter Birney
Ben Masters
Georgann Johnson
Tracy Nelson
Shari Belafonte
Leslie Bevis
Edward Asner
Mackenzie Phillips
Theme music composerJ. Peter Robinson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Andrea Baynes
Producer(s)Stephanie Austin
CinematographyDennis Dalzell
Editor(s)Millie Moore
Running time100 min.
Production company(s)Andrea Baynes Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseUSA: November 17, 1986
Finland: March 12, 1987

Kate's Secret is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film starring Meredith Baxter Birney, Ben Masters, Tracy Nelson, and Edward Asner. The film's plot, about a seemingly "perfect" suburban housewife and mother who is secretly suffering from bulimia nervosa, was an attempt to realistically portray the eating disorder.


To those on the outside, Kate Stark (Meredith Baxter Birney) leads an idyllic life; a successful husband (Ben Masters), an adoring young daughter (Summer Phoenix), and a beautiful home. But beneath the surface, her life is less than ideal; her husband is preoccupied with his career, a domineering mother (Georgann Johnson), and a dark secret that not even her closest friends know: Kate is bulimic. As the pressures in her life begin to mount, Kate obsessively diets and exercises, and habitually binges and purges while adroitly hiding her eating disorder from those closest to her. When Kate's bulimia finally leads to a frightening accident that makes it clear to everyone that her illness is dangerous not only to herself, but also to those around her, she is committed to rehabilitation, where she will have to learn to face the inner turmoil at the root of her disorder before it is too late.


Actor Role
Meredith Baxter Birney Kate Stark
Ben Masters Jack Stark
Georgann Johnson Faith
Tracy Nelson Patch Reed
Shari Belafonte Gail
Leslie Bevis Monica Fields
Edward Asner Dr. Resnick
Mackenzie Phillips Deyna
Summer Phoenix Becky Stark
Sharon Spelman Liz Reed
Mindy Seeger Markie
Isabel Grandin Dot
Liz Torres Laura
Gwynne Gilford Lorna
Rosanna Huffman Megan
Ron Asher Teen at Pizza Parlor
Liberty Phoenix Brownie Scout


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