This Is My Life (1992 film)

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This Is My Life
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Directed byNora Ephron
Produced byLynda Obst
Written byScreenplay:
Nora Ephron
Delia Ephron
Meg Wolitzer
Music byCarly Simon
CinematographyBobby Byrne
Edited byRobert M. Reitano
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 21, 1992 (1992-02-21)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,922,094

This Is My Life is a 1992 comedy-drama film that marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Nora Ephron. The screenplay, written by Ephron and her sister, Delia Ephron, is based on the book, This Is Your Life, by Meg Wolitzer.


The film tells the story of Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner), who works at a cosmetics counter but aspires to be a stand-up comedian. Ingels' Aunt Harriet dies and leaves the family her home in Queens which Ingels then sells to move to an apartment in Manhattan. Ingels' comedy career starts to take off with the help of her agent, Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd) and Moss's assistant, Claudia Curtis (Carrie Fisher). Ingels' children, Erica (Samantha Mathis) and Opal (Gaby Hoffmann) get angry at Dottie because they hardly ever see her. Erica and Opal then run away to find their father in upstate Albany, whom Opal doesn't even remember, only being 1 or 2 years old when he left them.

The character portrayed by Aykroyd, Arnold Moss, is based on the famous New York talent agent Sam Cohn, and has some of the eccentricities for which Cohn was known, such as a habit of eating paper.[1]


The film's soundtrack was performed by Carly Simon and released on Qwest Records. Although the album failed to chart, the single "Love of My Life" reached #16 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.



This Is My Life was met with lukewarm critical responses. It holds a 42% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10.[2]

Home media[edit]

20th Century Fox released the film on DVD-R in 2012 as part of its Fox Cinema Archives line.



  1. ^ "Ephron, Aykroyd Catch Cohn on Film". New York. February 17, 1992. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "This Is My Life (1992)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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