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My Sister's Keeper


The 212th presentation of the Hallmark Hall of Fame

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Kathy Bates and Elizabeth Perkins star in My Sister's Keeper
Kathy Bates and Elizabeth Perkins star in My Sister's Keeper.
Based on My Sister's Keeper: Learning to Cope with a Sibling's Mental Illness (1993) by Margaret Moorman, which included discussion of NAMI support groups, this true story is about the journey of discovery, respect and independence between two sisters. Christine (Bates) is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder as a teenager.
Kimberly Brown and Hallee Hirsh appear as young sisters Christine and Judy in My Sister's Keeper
Kimberly Brown and Hallee Hirsh appear as young sisters Christine and Judy in My Sister's Keeper.
Her younger sister, Judy (Perkins) is a high achieving, career-centered artist. When their mother (Lynn Redgrave) dies, Judy becomes the trustee for Christine's care, and the two sisters struggle to reconcile an often difficult relationship. Director Ron Lagomarsino has family members with schizophrenia.

Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates stars as Christine in My Sister's Keeper.
Like the movie A Beautiful Mind, My Sister's Keeper is marked by authenticity and respect for individual dignity. When people watch Christine in the movie, Lagomarsino has said that he hopes they will think: "Boy, sometimes you can't even tell she's sick. The fact is many people who have the disease appear normal, but it's always a delicate balancing act in terms of the proper medication."

Elizabeth Perkins
Elizabeth Perkins stars as Judy in My Sister's Keeper.
NAMI is working with CBS and Hallmark to promote broader public education about mental illnesses around the movie.

  • NAMI state and local affiliates are encouraged to contact the news directors of local CBS TV stations as soon as possible to offer consumer and family members for interviews on mental illness and family relationships as real-life stories from the local community to air on the 6:00 p.m. and/or 11:00 p.m. local news on Sunday, January 27, as a tie-in to the movie.

  • Letters to the editors of local papers also can promote the movie in advance. The unedited version of the movie includes a scene of a family support group meeting. NAMI support group schedules in local communities also can be publicized as part of the promotion.

  • Consider submitting op-eds to local newspapers, comparing A Beautiful Mind and My Sister's Keeper as setting a new standard for the entertainment industry in depicting mental illness. Discuss your personal experience relative to key NAMI messages reflected in the movies.