Dermot Mulroney ('Georgia Rule', 'My Best Friend's Wedding') and Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) Nominated Actress Emily Watson ('Breaking The Waves', 'Hilary And Jackie') to Star in the Lifetime Original Movie, 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter', Based On Kim Edwards' Best-Selling Novel
DGA Award-Winner Mick Jackson ('Live From Baghdad', 'Tuesdays With Morrie')
Popular Novel Has Spent Over Sixty Weeks on The New York Times Best Seller
List and Named USA Today's 'Book of the Year' for 2006
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 -- Film actors Dermot Mulroney ("My
Best Friend's Wedding") and Emily Watson ("Breaking the Waves"), twice
nominated for an Academy Award(R) and nominated three times for a Golden
Globe(R), have been cast in the highly anticipated Lifetime Original Movie
event, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," based on Kim Edwards' best-selling,
critically acclaimed novel of the same name.
Named by USA Today as its "Book of the Year" for 2006, the novel has
five million copies in print and has spent over sixty weeks on The New York
Times Best Seller list*, holding the number one spot for seven weeks.
Production begins this November, with DGA Award-winning and Emmy(R)
nominated director Mick Jackson ("Live from Baghdad," "Tuesdays with
Morrie") set to direct. "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" will premiere in
March 2008 on Lifetime Television.
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 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 two families' lives are in stark
contrast to each other. David's overwhelming guilt surrounding his
deception shatters the Henry's marriage and Norah mourns the loss of their
child. Meanwhile, Caroline's relationship with Phoebe becomes the most
rewarding and fulfilling experience of her life.
Dermot Mulroney is best known for his starring role opposite Julia
Roberts and Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding."
Proving to be a versatile actor, Mulroney starred as a disturbed police
captain caught up in the murder spree of the real-life serial killer in
"Zodiac" opposite Jake Gyllenhaal; and in Garry Marshall's family drama
"Georgia Rule" with Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan.
Mulroney's additional feature film credits include "The Family Stone,"
"Must Love Dogs," "The Wedding Date," "About Schmidt" and "How to Make an
American Quilt." He can next be seen in "Flash of Genius" with Greg
British actress Emily Watson made her screen debut in "Breaking the
Waves," for which she received Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominations.
Watson went on to earn additional Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nods for her
role in "Hilary and Jackie." Watson gained success in the leading roles for
"Metroland" and "Mill on the Floss," later starring as Daniel Day-Lewis'
long-suffering love interest in "The Boxer." She also starred in "Angela's
Ashes" and Robert Altman's "Gosford Park." Most recently, Watson starred in
the adaptation of Thomas Harris' "Silence of the Lambs" prequel, "Red
Dragon," opposite Adam Sandler in "Punch Drunk Love" and in "Miss Potter"
with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Watson picked up her third Golden
Globe(R) nomination for her role in HBO's "The Life and Death of Peter
Sellers." She can soon be seen in the upcoming films "Fireflies in the
Garden" with Julia Roberts and in "Synecdoche" along side Michelle Williams
and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
A renowned feature film and television director, producer and author,
Mick Jackson is best known for directing "The Bodyguard," starring Whitney
Houston and Kevin Costner, and "Tuesdays with Morrie," starring Jack
Lemmon, for which he received a DGA Award. He also received two additional
DGA Awards and two Emmy(R) nominations for his direction of HBO's "Live
from Baghdad" and "Indictment: The McMartin Trial." His other television
credits include "Numb3rs," "Jack and Bobby," "A Very British Coup," Life
Story" and "Threads."
Author Kim Edwards has also penned an award-winning short story
collection, The Secrets of a Fire King. A graduate of the Iowa Writers'
Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky.
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
for Lifetime Television. Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe (Lifetime's
"Odd Girl Out," "Elvis") serve as executive producers. John Pielmeier
("Hitler: The Rise of Evil") wrote the teleplay, to be directed by Jackson.
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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 six weeks on the "Trade Fiction" list.
SOURCE LIFETIME Networks