My Body, My Child
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Written byLouisa Burns-Bisogno
Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky
StarringVanessa Redgrave
Jack Albertson
Joseph Campanella
Stephen Elliott
James Naughton
Theme music composerCharles Gross
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerHerbert Brodkin
ProducersThomas De Wolfe
Robert Berger (supervising)
Production locationsHendersonville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
CinematographyTony Imi
EditorsRobert M. Reitano
Ronald Roose
Running time100 minutes
Production companyTitus Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseApril 12, 1982 (1982-04-12)

My Body, My Child is a 1982 American made-for-television drama film directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and starring Vanessa Redgrave. It premiered on ABC on 12 April 1982. It includes early performances by future Sex and the City co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon. It is also the final television role of Jack Albertson, who was subsequently nominated posthumously for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.


Leenie (Redgrave) is a middle-aged Irish-American schoolteacher with three grown daughters. Yet she unexpectedly finds herself pregnant again and is delighted. However her doctor rejects this possibility because of an unreliable blood test and her age. Thus her symptoms such as troubled sleeping and sickness are mis-diagnosed as psychogenic. She is prescribed a host of medications to cope with these difficulties. However it later turns out that she is in fact pregnant and that these medications have been causing irreversible damage to her unborn baby. Faced with the truth that her child will be born with defects, she faces a decision to keep the baby or go against her religious beliefs and have an abortion.[1]


See also


  1. ^ "Overview for My Body, My Child". TCM. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2010.