Dermot Mulroney ('My Best Friend's Wedding'), Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) Nominated Actress Emily Watson ('Breaking The Waves') and Gretchen Mol ('The Notorious Bettie Paige'), Star in the Lifetime Original Movie Event, 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter,' Pre
Based on Kim Edwards' Best-Selling Novel of the Same Name, Movie is
Directed By DGA Award Winner Mick Jackson ("Tuesdays With Morrie," "Live
Popular Novel Has Spent Over Eighty Weeks on The New York Times Best Seller
List and Named USA Today's "Book of the Year" for 2006
LOS ANGELES, March 6 -- Lifetime Television proudly
premieres the Lifetime Original Movie Event, "The Memory Keeper's
Daughter," starring film actors Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's
Wedding"), two-time Academy Award(R) and three-time Golden Globe(R) nominee
Emily Watson ("Breaking the Waves") and Gretchen Mol ("The Notorious Bettie
Paige"). Based on the runaway best-selling book by Kim Edwards of the same
name, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," premieres Saturday, April 12 at 9pm
ET/PT on Lifetime Television. Encore airings will be presented on Sunday,
April 13 and Monday, April 14 at 9pm (ET/PT) on each night.
Named by USA Today as its "Book of the Year" for 2006, the novel has
spent over eighty weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list*, holding
the number one spot for seven weeks.
In "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," a secret shapes the lives of two
families over a quarter of a century, beginning in 1964. During a
paralyzing winter storm, Dr. David Henry (Mulroney) is forced to deliver
his own twin babies. With his wife Norah (Mol) under heavy sedation, he
welcomes a healthy son, Paul, and a daughter, Phoebe who has Down syndrome.
Hoping to spare his wife any heartache for having to care for a special
needs child, David tells Norah their daughter died at birth and orders the
nurse, Caroline (Watson), to place Phoebe in an institution. However,
unable to abandon the newborn, the nurse secretly decides to raise Phoebe
as her own in another city.
As years pass, the lives of the two families are in stark contrast to
each other. David's overwhelming guilt surrounding his deception shatters
the couple's once happy marriage as Norah mourns the loss of their child.
David hides his shame behind the lens of a Memory Keeper camera, taking
pictures of their lives without actually seeing what his actions are doing
to his family. To deal with her pain, Norah finds solace in alcohol and the
company of men other than her husband. All the while, Paul (Tyler
Stentiford, age 13 & Jamie Spilchuk, ages 18-22) is caught in between his
parents' broken marriage.
Meanwhile, Caroline's life changes in unexpected and rewarding ways as
she relocated to another city to start a new beginning with Phoebe. She
soon marries Al (Hugh Thompson), the trucker she met the night of Phoebe's
birth, and finally has the love and family she's always yearned for. As
different as their lives have become, the secret about Phoebe (Emma
Colbert, age 6 & Krystal Nausbaum, ages 12-22) continues to bind David to
Caroline as he struggles to keep the truth from Norah.
Other books previously adapted into popular movies by Lifetime include
four titles from Nora Roberts including "Nora Roberts' Angels Fall" with
Heather Locklear and "Nora Roberts' Montana Sky" with John Corbett; Jodi
Picoult's "The Pact" and "Plain Truth"; Joyce Carol Oates' "We Were the
Mulvaneys"; Luanne Rice's "Beach Girls"; and Sue Monk Kidd's "The Mermaid
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" is produced by Jaffe/Braunstein Films in
association with Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. Howard
Braunstein and Michael Jaffe (Lifetime's "Odd Girl Out," "Elvis") serve as
executive producers. Mick Jackson ("Tuesdays with Morrie") directs from a
teleplay by John Pielmeier ("Hitler: The Rise of Evil").
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* Beginning the week of 9/23/07, the New York Times Best Seller List
for paperback fiction books was divided into two lists, "Trade Fiction" and
"Mass- Market Fiction." The Memory Keeper's Daughter is currently still on
the best seller list, with over twenty weeks on the "Trade Fiction" list.
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