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Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter

Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter is a 1979 American made-for-television drama film directed by Milton Katselas and starring Bette Davis and Gena Rowlands. It was broadcast May 13, 1979 on CBS.

Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter
Written byMichael de Guzman
Directed byMilton Katselas
StarringBette Davis
Gena Rowlands
Ford Rainey
Donald Moffat
Music byFred Karlin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Robert W. Christiansen
Rick Rosenberg
Ric Rondell (associate producer)
Production location(s)Mendocino, California
CinematographyJames Crabe
Editor(s)Millie Moore
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Chris-Rose Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMay 13, 1979 (1979-05-13)

Davis won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance.


Bette Davis stars as Lucy Mason, an embittered New England widow who, after an estrangement of 20 years, is reunited with her daughter Abigail (Gena Rowlands). The two women attempt to repair their relationship when the daughter is diagnosed with cancer.

Ford Rainey, Donald Moffat, Whit Bissell and Royal Dano also appear.


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