Mary White (film)

Mary White is a 1977 made-for-TV period biographical movie directed by Jud Taylor about American newspaper editor and author William Allen White (played by Ed Flanders) and his teenage daughter Mary (played by Kathleen Beller), who died at age 16 in a horseback riding accident. The film is based on the true story of White's daughter Mary Katherine, who died in 1921 and was the subject of a well-known eulogy written by her father.[1]

Mary White
Written byTeleplay by Caryl Ledner based on biographical material by William Allen White
Directed byJud Taylor
StarringEd Flanders
Fionnula Flanagan
Kathleen Beller
Music byLeonard Rosenman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Terence Nelson
Robert B. Radnitz
CinematographyBill Butler
Editor(s)Fred A. Chulack
Running time102 minutes
Production company(s)Radnitz/Mattel Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 18, 1977

Caryl Ledner won the Emmy Award ® for Best Teleplay, Movie-For-Television, in the 1977-78 season. The film often appeared on television in the 1980s, and is now on DVD.


In Emporia, Kansas, in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Mary Katherine White, a teenage girl, comes of age. Having grown up in wealth and privilege, as a result she meets famous people of the day. In 1921, at age 16, she dies in a riding accident. Her story is recounted in flashback style by her father, a famous editor, author and publisher.



  1. NY Times Review - Mary White Retrieved March 21, 2015
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.