J. Peter Robinson
Arthur Allan Seidelman
USA: November 17, 1986 Finland: March 12, 1987
Denise DeGarmo (teleplay), Susan Seeger (teleplay)
Meredith Baxter(Kate Stark),
Ben Masters(Jack Stark),
Tracy Nelson(Patch Reed)
Life is Sweet,
Sharing the Secret,
The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic,
Kate's Secret is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film starring Meredith Baxter Birney, Ben Masters, Tracy Nelson, and Edward Asner. The film's plot, about a seemingly "perfect" suburban housewife and mother who is secretly suffering from bulimia nervosa, was an attempt to realistically portray the eating disorder.
To those on the outside, Kate Stark (Meredith Baxter Birney) leads an idyllic life; a successful husband (Ben Masters), an adoring young daughter (Summer Phoenix), and a beautiful home. But beneath the surface, her life is less than ideal; her husband is preoccupied with his career, a domineering mother (Georgann Johnson), and a dark secret that not even her closest friends know: Kate is bulimic. As the pressures in her life begin to mount, Kate obsessively diets and exercises, and habitually binges and purges while adroitly hiding her eating disorder from those closest to her. When Kate's bulimia finally leads to a frightening accident that makes it clear to everyone that her illness is dangerous not only to herself, but also to those around her, she is committed to rehabilitation, where she will have to learn to face the inner turmoil at the root of her disorder before it is too late.
ReferencesKate's Secret Wikipedia
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