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 languageEnglish
Executive producerAndrea Baynes
ProducerStephanie Austin
CinematographyDennis Dalzell
EditorMillie Moore
Running time96 minutes
Production companiesAndrea Baynes Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 17, 1986 (1986-11-17)

Kate's Secret is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film starring Meredith Baxter Birney, Ben Masters, Tracy Nelson, and Edward Asner about a seemingly "perfect" suburban housewife and mother who is secretly suffering from bulimia nervosa.


To those on the outside, Kate Stark (Meredith Baxter Birney) leads an idyllic life; a successful husband (Ben Masters), an adoring daughter (Summer Phoenix), and a beautiful home. But beneath the surface, her life is less than ideal; a husband preoccupied with his career, a critical and 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 all those around her. When Kate's bulimia eventually leads to a frightening accident that makes it clear to everyone that her illness is dangerous not only to herself, but to those closest to her, she is committed to rehabilitation in order to face the inner turmoil at the root of her disorder.


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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