LIFETIME Television's Sizzling Summer Continues as Network Snares Two Prestigious 2007 Emmy Award Nominations
'Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy' Garners Outstanding Movie Nod And
Gena Rowlands Named In Best Actress Category For 'What If God Were The
-- 'Lipstick' Based on Memoir by Lifetime's Director of Public Affairs
Geralyn Lucas --
NEW YORK, July 19 -- On the heels of the successful launch
of its new Sunday night original drama lineup -- including "Army Wives,"
the network's most-watched series ever -- Lifetime Television was honored
today with two prestigious 2007 Emmy Award nominations by the Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences.
The Lifetime Original Movie "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," the
centerpiece of the network's 2006 "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" public
awareness and advocacy initiative, was named in the Outstanding Made for
Television Movie category. Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globe(R)
and Emmy(R) Award-winning actress Gena Rowlands received a nomination as
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in the
Lifetime Original Movie "What if God Were the Sun?"
Lifetime Networks produces 60 original movies a year, more than any
other network, broadcast or cable. Among major producers of original
movies, Lifetime Original Movies rank #1 among HH, P2+, W18-34 and W18-49.
The nomination for "Lipstick" comes as the network gears up for its
13th annual "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" campaign in October, which will
include original programming, extensive online content, community outreach
and legislative advocacy.
Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") and Jay Harrington ("Desperate Housewives")
starred in "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," based on the feisty
memoir of the same name by Geralyn Lucas, breast cancer survivor and
Lifetime's Director of Public Affairs, who works on the Network's
award-winning breast cancer awareness campaign. "Why I Wore Lipstick to My
Mastectomy" was the bold, touching and often irreverent drama that tells
the story of a 27-year- old self-proclaimed "gloss girl" diagnosed with
breast cancer, whose long- lasting matte red lipstick she applies before
her mastectomy surgery becomes the metaphor for her transition to the
confident woman she always wanted to be.
"Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" was produced by Grossbart Kent
for Lifetime Television. Jack Grossbart and Linda Kent ("Any Mother's Son,"
"Unforgivable") were the executive producers. Peter Werner (Lifetime's
"Gracie's Choice" and "We Were the Mulvaneys") was the director. The
teleplay was by Nancey [sic] Silvers (Lifetime's "Mom at Sixteen," "Revenge
of the Middle-Aged Woman").
Lacey Chabert ("Mean Girls," "Party of Five") co-starred with Rowlands
("The Notebook," "Gloria") in "What if God Were the Sun?," inspired by the
novel by John Edward, a stirring drama about a cynical emergency room nurse
who forms an exceptional connection with a terminally ill patient and how
that bond changes her life forever.
Gena Rowlands received an Academy Award(R) nomination for Best Actress
for her roles in "Gloria" and "A Woman Under the Influence," both written
and directed by her late husband John Cassavetes. She won both a Golden
Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Award for her role as the title character in the
telefilm "The Betty Ford Story;" an Emmy(R) for both "In the Face of a
Stranger" and HBO's "Hysterical Blindness" and a Golden Globe(R) for "A
Woman Under the Influence."
"What if God Were the Sun?" was produced by FOX Television Studios,
JECO Productions and Old Beantown Films for Lifetime Television. Brenda
Friend ("Joan of Arc," "The Ron Clark Story"), Gina Rugolo Judd ("Just
Shoot Me") and John Edward ("Crossing Over with John Edward") were
executive producers. Stephen Tolkin (Lifetime's "Nora Roberts' Carolina
Moon") was the director. The writers were Janet Dulin Jones ("A Map of the
World") and Jamie Pachino (Lifetime's "Not Like Everyone Else").
LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated
basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME
is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information
programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and
their families. LIFETIME Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime
Digital (including LifetimeTV.com) are part of LIFETIME Entertainment
Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt
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