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Alex: The Life of a Child (1986)
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TV Movie | 100 min | Biography, Drama

Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting ...See moreAlexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting story touched the hearts of millions when it was first published and then made into a memorable television movie. A new introduction contains information on the latest cystic fibrosis research, and a touching postcript reveals how the Deford family came to terms with the loss of Alex. Whenever he speaks, sportswriter Frank Deford knows people will bring articles for him to sign. But what makes him happiest is when someone attends a sports-oriented lecture and brings a copy of Alex: The Life of a Child for him to sign. "Invariably, and happily, there's usually someone at each appearance who either brings that book or wants to talk about their connection to cystic fibrosis." Deford says. "It's tremendously gratifying to me. Rarely does a week go by that I don't get a letter about that book. People leave things at her grave. They really do. I have people tell me that she changed their lives. It's terribly dramatic, but they literally say that. I heard from a woman who became a pediatric nurse after reading the book. Hearing from people like that means more to me than anything." Written by Written by Kasey Louise See less
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Apr 23, 1986 (United States)

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21 cast members
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Craig T. Nelson
Frank Deford Frank Deford   See fewer
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Bonnie Bedelia
Carole Deford Carole Deford   See fewer
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Gennie James
Alex Deford Alex Deford   See fewer
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Danny Corkill
Chris Deford Chris Deford   See fewer
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Mark Withers
Mac Deford Mac Deford   See fewer
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Melonie Mazman Hayden
Zehra Delford (as Melonie Mazman) Zehra Delford (as Melonie Mazman)   See fewer
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Brenda Bazinet
Barbara Keator Barbara Keator   See fewer
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Cherry Jones
Tina Crawford Tina Crawford   See fewer
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Elva Mai Hoover
Alice Grady (as Elva Mae Hoover) Alice Grady (as Elva Mae Hoover)   See fewer
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Dann Florek
Dr. Tom Dolan Dr. Tom Dolan   See fewer
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Sean McCann
Dr. Ralph Stanwyck Dr. Ralph Stanwyck   See fewer
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Ted Simonett
Dr. Westlake Dr. Westlake   See fewer
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Jane Schoettle
Woman in Market Woman in Market   See fewer
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Lindsey Amelio
Alex - ages 3 to 5 (as Lindsey Cook Amelio) Alex - ages 3 to 5 (as Lindsey Cook Amelio)   See fewer
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Harley Cross
Chris - ages 6 to 8 Chris - ages 6 to 8   See fewer
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J.J. Stocker
Chris - age 2 1-2 Chris - age 2 1-2   See fewer
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Marshall Perlmuter
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Gordon Masten
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Barbara Barnes-Hopkins
Miss Arthur Miss Arthur   See fewer
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8.3 / 10 | 217 votes