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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' 





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Marvel ... Louisa May Alcott
Daniel Gerroll ... Bronson Alcott
Emily Sarah Stikeman Emily Sarah Stikeman ... Lousia May Alcott
Jane Alexander ... Ednah Cheney
Dossy Peabody Dossy Peabody ... Abigail Alcott
Molly Schreiber ... Teen Louisa
Haley Garvin Haley Garvin ... Toddler Louisa
Marianna Bassham Marianna Bassham ... May Alcott
Maggie Quigley Maggie Quigley ... Child May Alcott
Linda Amendola Linda Amendola ... Anna Alcott
Ellen Adair ... Teen Anna Alcott
Anna Finklestein Anna Finklestein ... Teen Beth Alcott
Eleanor Farris Eleanor Farris ... 'Lulu' May Alcott Nierecker
Ken Cheeseman ... Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beno Chapman Beno Chapman ... Henry David Thoreau


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Release Date:

28 December 2009 (USA) See more »


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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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A true hero, very enlightening story
7 October 2015 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

As a young girl, I was a big fan of the children' books by Louisa May Alcott. I knew that the Little Women series of books were based on her real life but I found from watching this DVD that her real life story is much more interesting and exciting than she was portrayed in her books. She was a true hero and I found this DVD very enlightening and entertaining. It is a must-see for those who are fans of Luisa May Alcott. The special features were also interesting. They included an extended interview with Author Geraldine Brooks, Alcott Scholar Daniel Shealy and others. There is also a Q&A with Nancy Porter, Harriet Reisen and Elizabeth Marvel. My favorite special feature was LOVE, a poem by Louisa May Alcott, read by Elizabeth Marvel. I felt that this DVD really showed that Louisa May Alcott was much more than a story book character, she was a true inspiration to women. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

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