Ellen Foster

Synopsis: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Erman
Production: Hallmark Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
94 min

in the whole world.

You know that?

You're my favorite

person, too.

You're smart

and you're strong

and you can get along

no matter what happens.

I absolutely know that.

You remember I told you

that, won't you?




Here. You want

anything else?

No, thank you, hon.

I'll read you

something, okay?

From the Bible?


My favorite part.

You want to hear

my favorite part?

Sure do.

"To everything

there is a season

"and a time to every purpose

under the heaven.

"A time to be born

and a time to die

"a time to plant

"and a time to pluck up

that which is planted

"a time to kill

and a time to heal

"a time to break down

and a time to build up

"a time to weep

and a time to laugh

a time to mourn

and a time to dance. "

I think I'll just have myself

a little nap.

You sure you don't

want nothing else?

No, thank you, hon.

I'm fine.

I'll stay here with you.

Just for a little while,

I'll stay here with you.

I hate it so

when people say they're fine.

You know they're not

and they know it, too.

Why's all the lights out?

How's a man supposed to see

in the pitch dark?

Come on, get up.

Other people got to get in here,


I'll sleep where I want to.

Get up.

You can go sleep in your truck.

I sleep where I want to!

I sleep where I want to!

Mama, get back in the bed.



It's okay. Shh.

Shh, Mama.


The first day

of every month

my daddy's brother Rudolph

would bring some cash money

in an envelope

and I would make sure I would

get it before my daddy did.

I figured out

what I needed and I took it.

You got the lights and the gas

to be paid up, food and extras.

And I'd let him have the rest.




I should have taken

better care of her.

I should have just

put my foot down and said

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Kaye Gibbons

Kaye Gibbons (born May 5, 1960) is an American novelist. Her first novel, Ellen Foster (1987), received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Special Citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gibbons is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and two of her books, Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman, were selected for Oprah's Book Club in 1998. Gibbons was born in Nash County, North Carolina, and went to Rocky Mount Senior High School. She attended North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying American and English literature. She has three daughters. Gibbons has bipolar disorder and notes that she is extremely creative during her manic phases, in which she believes that everything is instrumented by a "real magic". Ellen Foster was written during one such phase. On November 2, 2008, Gibbons was arrested on prescription drug fraud charges. According to authorities, she was taken into custody while trying to pick up a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller hydrocodone. She was sentenced to a 90-day suspended sentence, 2 years probation, and a $300 fine. more…

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