The Princess and the Cabbie

The Princess and the Cabbie is a 1981 television movie aired on CBS on 3 November 1981 about a young woman who struggles with dyslexia.

The Princess and the Cabbie
Written byEdward Pomerantz
Directed byGlenn Jordan
StarringValerie Bertinelli
Robert Desiderio
Shelley Long
Music byPatrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerFreyda Rothstein
ProducersIlene Kahn Power
Greg Antonacci (supervising producer)
George Goodman (associate producer)
CinematographyGayne Rescher
EditorMichael McCroskey
Running time120 min (including commercials)
Production companiesFreyda Rothstein Productions
Time-Life Television Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • November 3, 1981 (1981-11-03)

The film stars Valerie Bertinelli as Joanna James, an heiress who is sheltered from the real world. One day she meets literary cab driver, Joe Holiday (Robert Desiderio), who references Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Albert Einstein, Gustave Flaubert and Agatha Christie. Also starring is Shelley Long.[1] After leaving her book in his cab, Holiday gets to know her and discovers Joanna's secret: she can't read, write, or even remember telephone numbers or directions home.[1] Determining that she is dyslexic, Holiday begins to help her gain independence.


  • 1982: Emmy Award: Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)


  • 1982: Emmy Award: Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or a Special

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