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Alex: The Life of a Child


"Alex: The Life of a Child" is based on the true story of Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford and his dying 8-year-old daughter Alex. Craig T. Nelson plays Deford and Gennie James is Alex, both of whom come to grips in different ways with Alex's fatal cystic fibrosis. A subplot involves the torment of Deford's wife, who wonders whether she should adopt a child after Alex's death in 1980. Alex: The Life of a Child is effective, but not as well made as its subject matter deserves. Better examples of this particular TV-movie genre include Death be Not Proud, based on author John Gunther's recollections of his son's struggle against a degenerative brain tumor, and Mary White the story of a personal tragedy in the life of Kansas journalist William Allen White.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Television Film Directors (2009)

by Jerry Roberts

313 Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes, 313 The Alchemists, 559 The Alcoa Hour, 445 Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within, 355–56 Alex: The Life of a Child, 366, 367 Alexander, 156 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn, 155 Alexander Graham Bell: The ...

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