Alex: The Life of a Child
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"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.
- starring: Craig T. Nelson as Frank Deford
- genre: Drama
- award: - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special nomination for Nigel McKeand & Carol Evan McKeand
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