Kate's Secret

Kate's Secret

Meredith Baxter-Birney
Director: Arthur A. Seidelman Cast: Meredith Baxter-Birney
Meredith Baxter-Birney
, Liz Torres
Liz Torres
, Ed Asner
Ed Asner
Arthur A. Seidelman


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In this made-for-TV movie, Meredith Baxter plays Kate, a homemaker who suffers from the eating disorder bulimia. On the surface, slim, attractive Kate's life seems perfect. Her husband, Jack (Ben Masters), is a successful lawyer, while her daughter, Becky, a Junior Girl Scout, adores her. But between strenuous workouts and gossip sessions with Gail (Shari Belafonte), her best friend and personal trainer, Kate binges on junk food and then purges by vomiting. Any stressful situation can set off these bulimic episodes, and Kate has three separate sources of aggravation to deal with: Jack is about to make partner in his firm; Monica (Leslie Bevis), another lawyer, is making a play for Jack; and Kate's controlling mother (Georgann Johnson) has just arrived for an extended visit. Soon, Kate's vomiting spirals out of control as she binges everywhere from a grocery-store dairy aisle to her own suburban kitchen. One afternoon, weak from lack of food and too much exercise, Kate crashes her car, almost killing herself and Becky. Soon an eating-disorder specialist, Dr. Resnick (Edward Asner), reveals Kate's secret to her husband and mother, and Kate must enter a clinic to face her demons in the company of the other bulimics and anorexics. Her roommate, Patch (Tracy Nelson), a gorgeous young model, teaches Kate the therapeutic ropes, but the road to healing isn't as smooth as either woman would like. Kate's Secret premiered on November 17, 1986. In addition to Family and Family Ties star Baxter and Mary Tyler Moore Show vet Asner, Kate's Secret featured fellow sitcom survivor Mackenzie Phillips, of One Day at a Time fame, as another clinic patient.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2012
UPC: 0043396401334
Original Release: 1986
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Mod
Sales rank: 45,492

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meredith Baxter-Birney Actor
Liz Torres Actor
Ed Asner Doctor Resnick
Shari Belafonte Gail
Leslie Bevis Monica
Georgann Johnson Faith
Ben Masters Jack
Tracy Nelson Patch
MacKenzie Phillips Actor

Technical Credits
Arthur A. Seidelman Director
Stephanie Austin Producer
Andrea Baynes Executive Producer
John Beckman Art Director
Ross Bellah Art Director
Dennis Dalzell Cinematographer
Denise DeGarmo Screenwriter
Grady Hunt Costumes/Costume Designer
Millie Moore Editor
Robert A. Papazian Producer
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Susan Seeger Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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