Release date2000 (2000) WriterWendy Wasserstein (play), Wendy Wasserstein (teleplay) CastChristine Lahti (Lyssa Dent Hughes), Tom Skerritt (Walter), Jay Thomas (Timber Tucker), Mark Feuerstein (Morrow McCarthy), Stanley Anderson (Sen. Alan Hughes), Blake Lindsley (Quincy Quince) Similar moviesThe Secret Bride (1934), Craigs Wife (1936), The Vicious Circle (1948), Children of the Night (1985), Anna Lucasta (1949)
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An American Daughter is a 2000 Lifetime Television film directed by Sheldon Larry. The teleplay was written by Wendy Wasserstein, based on one of her plays.
Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes (Lahti) is the daughter of U.S. Senator Alan Hughes (Stanley Anderson). She appears to be headed for nomination as the U.S. Surgeon General until a background check reveals she once neglected to return a jury duty notice. Then, she makes a faux pas in comments about her homemaker mother that leaves her open to a media blitz and her certain nomination suddenly appears to be in doubt. She is supported by her best friend, Judith Kaufman (Lynne Thigpen), an "African American Jewish feminist" physician, who has her own set of troubles.
Source: New York Times
Christine Lahti as Lyssa Dent Hughes
Tom Skerritt as Walter
Jay Thomas as Timber Tucker
Mark Feuerstein as Morrow McCarthy
Lynn Thigpen Dr. Judith Kaufman
Stanley Anderson as Sen. Alan Hughes
Blake Lindsley as Quincy Quince
Scott Michael Campbell as Billy
Matt Weinberg as Nicholas
Will Rothhaar as Kip
The made-for-TV film was broadcast on the Lifetime network in June 2000. The TV film is based on Wasserstein's play of the same title, An American Daughter, which ran on Broadway in 1997.
The Variety reviewer noted that the "screenplay is much more than an exploration into the mutual adulation of and animosity toward powerful women. It’s also a provocative look at the complex issues that converge when the definition of roles, be they gender or political, are called into question."
Awards and nominations
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film (Lahti, nominated)