The Princess and the Cabbie

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The Princess and the Cabbie
Written by Edward Pomerantz
Directed by Glenn Jordan
Starring Valerie Bertinelli
Robert Desiderio
Shelley Long
Music by Patrick Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Freyda Rothstein
Cinematography Gayne Rescher
Editor(s) Michael McCroskey
Running time 120 min (including commercials)
Production company(s) Freyda Rothstein Productions
Time-Life Television Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • November 3, 1981 (1981-11-03)

The Princess and the Cabbie is a 1981 television movie aired on CBS on 3 November 1981 about a young woman who struggles with dyslexia.

The film stars Valerie Bertinelli as Joanna James, an heiress who is sheltered from the real world. One day she meets literary cab driver, Joe Holiday (Robert Desiderio), who references Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Albert Einstein, Gustave Flaubert and Agatha Christie. Also starring is Shelley Long.[1] After leaving her book in his cab, Holiday gets to know her and discovers Joanna's secret: she can't read, write, or even remember telephone numbers or directions home.[1] Determining that she is dyslexic, Holiday begins to help her gain independence.


  • 1982: Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)


  • 1982: Emmy Award: Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or a Special

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