Lifetime Television Proudly Announces October Marquee Event Original Movie, 'Living Proof' Starring Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) Award Winner Harry Connick, Jr.
Oscar(R) Winner Renee Zellweger ("Chicago") Reteams with Craig Zadan and
Neil Meron, Executive Producers of the Oscar(R) Winning "Chicago" as
Producers for the Sony Pictures Television Project
Based on the Book by NBC Medical Correspondent Robert Bazell, the Movie
Tells of a Doctor's Dramatic Quest to Develop the Lifesaving Breast Cancer
Drug Herceptin 2
Movie Airs in October as Programming Centerpiece of Lifetime's 14th Annual
Award-Winning Public Awareness Campaign, "Stop Breast Cancer For Life"
LOS ANGELES, May 2 -- Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) Award winner
Harry Connick, Jr. ("Will & Grace," "Hope Floats") and Academy
Award(R)-winning actress Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain," "Chicago") join
forces on the new Lifetime Original Movie "Living Proof," the moving true
story of Dr. Denny Slamon, the UCLA doctor who developed the life saving
breast cancer drug, Herceptin 2, and his relentless battle to keep the drug
trials afloat and save the lives of thousands of women. Connick stars in
the film, while Zellweger reteams with acclaimed film and television
producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Hairspray,"
"Chicago," "Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows") to executive produce
the Sony Pictures Television project. Written and also executive produced
by Vivienne Radkoff, the movie will be filmed in Connick's hometown of New
Orleans. This project also marks Zellweger's first television project and
the reunion of Connick and Zellweger who recently completed filming the
feature, "Chilled in Miami." "Living Proof" will premiere in October 2008
on Lifetime Television.
In making the announcement, Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice President,
Original Movies, Lifetime Networks, said, "This is truly a passion project
for all of us at Lifetime. Dr. Slamon is an unsung hero in the fight
against breast cancer and no one is better suited to play him than Harry
Connick, Jr., who himself is committed to helping others. We are also
thrilled to be collaborating with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Renee Zellweger
and Sony in this thought-provoking film."
"Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have a long and laudable history of
bringing important, as well as entertaining, films to the television screen
and all of us at Sony Pictures Television are proud to have been partnered
with them for many years. We feel privileged to be working with Lifetime on
this amazing true story of Dr. Denny Slamon whose tenacity and brilliant
accomplishments in discovering Her 2 have saved the lives of so many
women," said Helen Verno, executive vice president of movies and
miniseries, Sony Pictures Television.
In "Living Proof," Dr. Denny Slamon (Harry Connick, Jr.) is an
overworked and under appreciated research doctor at UCLA Medical Center in
Los Angeles. Having developed an experimental, yet potentially
revolutionary drug called Herceptin 2, Slamon believes he will one day
offer a ground-breaking treatment for breast cancer. When the plug is
pulled on his research by the drug company, he must rely on the support of
philanthropists including Lilly Tartikoff and Ronald Perelman to continue
his work testing the drug.
At great cost to his personal life, Dr. Slamon becomes deeply attached
to the pioneering women involved in the experiment as part of his research.
While battling the delays and corporate red tape, Dr. Slamon loses some
patients, but his dedication and work to keep testing Herceptin 2 helps
change the course of breast cancer treatment.
Harry Connick, Jr. is a singer, pianist, composer, actor and
humanitarian. His career has been highlighted with awards and recognition,
including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy(R) and Emmy(R)
Awards, plus Tony Award(R) nominations. A native of New Orleans, Connick's
first widespread success as a musician came when he contributed to the
score of the 1989 film, "When Harry Met Sally." The full scope of Connick's
artistry emerged in the 90's with his groundbreaking albums including "We
are in Love," "She," "To See You" and "Come by Me."
Connick made his film debut in 1990 in the drama "Memphis Belle." His
additional films credit since include "Little Man Tate," "Copycat,"
"Independence Day," "Hope Floats" with Sandra Bullock, "My Dog Skip," "Life
Without Dick," "Bug" and more recently "P.S. I Love You" with Hillary
Swank. In 2001, he starred in the ABC television production of "South
Pacific." From 2002 through 2006, he had a recurring role on NBC's "Will &
Grace" as Grace's husband Leo. In 2006, Connick, starred on Broadway
winning critical acclaim and a Tony nomination in "The Pajama Game."
The new millennium brought even more albums and success with album
sales over 25 million. His latest album, "Oh, My NOLA," includes the single
"All These People," inspired by the suffering Connick witnessed following
Hurricane Katrina. Royalties from its sale, as well as the album, benefit
the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, single-family homes and
duplexes conceived by Connick and his longtime friend and colleague
Renee Zellweger won the Academy Award(R) for Best Supporting Actress in
Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain" and received Academy Award(R)
nominations for her work in "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Chicago." She
recently starred in and executive-produced the feature film, "Miss Potter."
Zellweger's Academy Award(R) for "Cold Mountain" was accompanied by a
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in
a Supporting Role, a Golden Globe(R) Award for Best Performance by an
Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, a BAFTA Award for Best
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and a Broadcast Film Critics
Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her Academy Award(R)
nomination for "Chicago," Zellweger also won the Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Lead Role as well as a
Golden Globe(R) Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or
Comedy. Additionally, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for her
Zellweger's additional film credits include "Bee Movie," "Cinderella
Man," "Down with Love," "Bridget Jones's Diary" and its sequel, "Bridget
Jones: The Edge of Reason," "Shark Tale," "Jerry Maguire," "Me, Myself &
Irene," "Nurse Betty," "One True Thing," "White Oleander," "Dazed and
Confused," "Reality Bites," "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and
"My Boyfriend's Back." Zellweger can next be seen in "Appaloosa," alongside
Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris, who is also directing.
"Living Proof" is produced by Zadan and Meron's Storyline Entertainment
and Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. Renee Zellweger, Neil
Meron and Craig Zadan ("Chicago"), and screenwriter Vivienne Radkoff
("Tempted," "The Agency") are the executive producers. Dan Ireland ("Mrs.
Palfrey at the Claremont," "Passionata") directs from a script written by
Vivienne Radkoff ("Tempted," "The Agency").
"Living Proof" premieres during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
as the centerpiece of Lifetime's 14th annual multi-platform Stop Breast
Cancer for Life public service and advocacy campaign, which reaches women
and families in more than 96 million homes across the country in
partnership with the Network's cable affiliates, advertising sponsors and
twelve leading nonprofit organizations.
"Living Proof" continues Lifetime's quest to support their Stop Breast
Cancer for Life campaign. Other original films that the network has made
previously for this commitment include the 2007 movie "Matters of Life &
Dating" starring Ricki Lake and the 2006 movie "Why I Wore Lipstick to My
Mastectomy" starring Sarah Chalke, which was nominated for an Emmy(R) Award
in the category of "Outstanding Made for Television Movie."
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