Sharon Lawrence, Tim Matheson and Mika Boorem to Star in LIFETIME Original Movie 'Augusta, Gone,' Based on True Story of a Mother Who Struggles to Save Her Teenage Daughter From Self-Destruction
- Based on Martha Tod Dudman's New York Times Best-Selling Book -
- Matheson Also Directs and Executive Produces -
- Lifetime Partners with the National Runaway Switchboard to
Help Advise Parents and Keep Teens Safe -
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 -- LIFETIME is adapting the New York
Times Best Seller(R), Augusta, Gone, to air as a LIFETIME Original Movie
starring Emmy(R) nominee Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue," "Little Black Book"),
Emmy(R) nominee Tim Matheson ("Judas," "The West Wing") and Mika Boorem
("Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "Blue Crush"), it was announced today by
Trevor Walton, Senior Vice President, Original Movies. "Augusta, Gone" is the
heart-wrenching true story of a devoted single mother whose teenage daughter's
self-destructive and hostile behavior becomes more than either or them can
handle. "Augusta, Gone" will premiere in March 2006 on LIFETIME Television.
"Martha Tod Dudman's struggle with her volatile daughter Augusta is at
once terrifying and inspiring," said Walton. "The estrangement between the
two is a magnified version of what many families experience. As heartbroken
parents torn between the unconditional love they have for their child and the
tough love required to put their daughter back on the right path, Sharon
Lawrence and Tim Matheson will bring real emotional depth to this film. And
the talented, young actress Mika Boorem will bring her unique intensity to the
fiery, troubled Augusta."
Martha (Lawrence) is a successful businesswoman and divorced mother who
prides herself on the close relationship she maintains with her two children,
Augusta (Boorem) and Jack (Sage Testini). But when the once-sweet Augusta
enters her teen years, she is overwhelmed by feelings of anger and self-
loathing, and her personality undergoes a radical and frightening
transformation. Seeking escape from the pain, Augusta starts down a dark road
of drugs, drinking and complete disregard for authority that eventually leads
the 15-year-old to a life on the streets. Distraught, Martha and her ex-
husband, Ben (Matheson), seek the help of an educational consultant who
advises them to send their daughter to a strict wilderness camp for troubled
teens. But even the institution's experienced and tough-as-nails
administrators find Augusta difficult to control, and Martha sadly realizes
there is no quick answer to her daughter's behavior.
Every day, between 1.3 and 2.8 million runaway and homeless youth live on
the streets of America. One out of every seven children will run away before
the age of 18. In conjunction with the movie, LIFETIME is partnering with the
National Runaway Switchboard to create an original public service announcement
(PSA) to air immediately following the premiere and online content that will
offer both parents and teens additional information and resources.
Lawrence is best known for her role as the compassionate and headstrong
District Attorney Sylvia Costas on the ABC drama "NYPD Blue," for which she
received a Screen Actors Guild(R) Award and three Emmy(R) nominations. The
actress most recently starred in the acclaimed British play "Under the Blue
Sky" and made a splash last season on the ABC dramas "Desperate Housewives"
and "Boston Legal." Her upcoming feature film releases include "Nearing
Grace," with David Morse, and "The Alibi," with Selma Blair and James Brolin.
Lawrence's other feature film credits include "Little Black Book," with Holly
Hunter and Brittany Murphy; "The Only Thrill," with Diane Keaton and Sam
Shepard; "Nearing Grace," with Jordana Brewster; and "Gossip," with Kate
Hudson. Her extensive list of television credits include "Word of Honor,"
"Wolf Lake," "Fired Up," "Ladies Man," "Atomic Twister" and "Aftershock:
Earthquake in New York." The actress has left lasting impressions as a guest
star on several hit shows, including "Law & Order: SVU" and "Judging Amy."
Matheson has wide-ranging credits in television and feature films as an
actor, producer and director. He received immediate attention for his first
television role on the series "Window on Main Street." This appearance
resulted in leading roles on many popular series, including "The Twilight
Zone," "Leave it to Beaver" and "My Three Sons." Matheson's feature film
credits include the hit comedy "Animal House," Steven Spielberg's "1941," "The
Story of Us," "Van Wilder," "She's All That," "Black Sheep," "Yours, Mine and
Ours" and "A Very Brady Sequel." Most recently, Matheson guest starred on
the critically acclaimed NBC drama "The West Wing," for which he received two
Emmy(R) nominations. His extensive television credits include "Judas,"
"Martha, Inc: The Story of Martha Stewart," LIFETIME Television's "Navigating
the Heart," "Forever Love" and "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families."
As a producer, Matheson was responsible for bringing "Breach of Conduct" and
"Cold Case" to television and "Blind Fury" to the big screen. He has worked
behind the camera, directing episodes of popular television shows such as
"Without a Trace," "Numb3rs," "Cold Case," "St. Elsewhere," "Ed," "Third
Watch" and "The Twilight Zone."
Boorem began her career in 1996 with a guest appearance on the popular CBS
series "Touched by an Angel." Since then, the young actress has starred in
the feature films "Sleepover," "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "Carolina,"
"Blue Crush" and "Riding in Cars with Boys." In addition, Boorem has made
guest appearances on episodes of "Dawson's Creek," "Providence," "Walker,
Texas Ranger," "Ally McBeal," "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" and "The Drew Carey
Show." She was recently seen in the independent film "Smile," which was
released in August.
"Augusta, Gone" is produced by Nightstar Productions in association with
Robert Greenwald Productions for LIFETIME Television. Laurie Goldstein
("Disappearance," "Sharing the Secret") is the executive producer. Tim
Matheson ("Hell Swarm," "In the Company of Spies") will executive produce, act
and direct. The teleplay is by Haden Yelin ("See You in My Dreams," "Little
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