Manions of America

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The Manions of America is a 6-hour mini-series for American television made in 1981. The subject of the series were Irish immigrants to the United States during the Great Famine of the mid-19th century. It was the first American role for actor Pierce Brosnan, co-starred Kate Mulgrew, David Soul and Linda Purl, and was directed by Joseph Sargent. Manions was written/created by Agnes Nixon creator of the now-defunct All My Children, a hit daytime TV soap opera that aired for 40 years. Manions also co-starred actor Steve Forrest, younger brother of 1940s movie star Dana Andrews, as the uncle of Kate Mulgrew's character Rachel, a Philadelphia powder mill owner Kate who begrudgingly hires Rachel's lover and future husband played by Pierce Brosnon. Young up and comer Martin O'Neill played a kid with a tin whistle.

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