The Woman Who Willed a Miracle

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The Woman Who Willed a Miracle
Directed by Sharron Miller
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Starring Cloris Leachman
M. Emmet Walsh
Leif Green
Rosemary Murphy
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
Running time
45 min.
Country U.S.
Language English

The Woman Who Willed a Miracle (1983), is an ABC Afterschool Special starring Cloris Leachman, M. Emmet Walsh, Leif Green and Rosemary Murphy.

Dick Clark was the executive producer under the auspices of his company, Dick Clark Productions. It was produced by Preston Fischer, Sharron Miller, and Joanne Curley-Kerner, and was directed by Sharron Miller and written by Arthur Heinemann. It tells the extraordinary true story of Leslie Lemke, a blind, cognitively impaired boy with cerebral palsy who was raised from infancy by a foster mother who stubbornly refused to let him die. Because of her love and dedication, he not only survived but was discovered to be a musical savant.

The New York Times called it one of the most famous of all Afterschool specials.[1]



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