|Directed by||Larry Peerce|
|Produced by||John Cutts|
|Screenplay by||April Smith
James Goldman (as Winston Beard)
|Based on||the Novel by Michael Korda|
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Michael Ripps
Eric A. Sears (as Eric Sears)
|10 May 1987|
Queenie was an 1987 ABC miniseries based on the eponymous novel by Michael Korda. Winston Beard (a pseudonym for James Goldman) and April Smith adapted the novel for television, with Larry Peerce directing.
Queenie Kelley (Oberon had been known earlier in life as "Queenie O'Brien" and "Queenie Thompson") is an extremely beautiful girl of Indian and Irish descent, fair enough to pass for white. Growing up in Calcutta, however, Queenie is made all too aware of her "chee-chee" (mixed) background by her enemies, including wealthy, jaded socialite Penelope Daventry.
One of Daventry's lovers, however, is Queenie's uncle, Morgan Jones. Jones and Queenie steal Daventry's expensive diamond bracelet, pawning it to make their way to England. Lost in London, Queenie finds a career as a stripper, Rani. Later, she makes her way to Hollywood, where she is renamed Dawn Avalon. Avalon becomes one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
- Mia Sara as Queenie Thompson
- Joss Ackland as "Sir Burton Rumsey"
- Serena Gordon as "Prunella Rumsey"
- Sarah Miles as "Lady Sybil"
- Kirk Douglas as "David Konig"
- Leigh Lawson as "Morgan Jones"
- Gary Cady as "Lucien Chambrun"
- Claire Bloom as Queenie's mother, "Vicky Kelley"
- Topol as "Dimitri Goldner"
The New York Times criticized the miniseries for not only being "absurd" but also being politically dated: "Even the details show an insensitivity no longer acceptable in today's global village. Why, for instance, when so many Indian actors have excelled in such productions as A Passage to India and The Jewel in the Crown, do we still have to find Indian characters played by British actors using dark makeup and a singsong accent?"