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(CBS, 10/23/1975, 120 mins). Susan Clark gave an Emmy Award-winning performance as America’s foremost woman athlete who won two Olympic track-and-field gold medals in 1932 and went on to become a world champion golfer. The film traces her development as an athlete, her battles to be accepted in sports, her marriage to wrestler-turned-promoter George Zaharias (played by ex-football pro Alex Karras), and her losing struggle with cancer. In addition to an Emmy for its star, the movie also received a nomination as the Outstanding Special of 1975-76, and director Buzz Kulik and writer Joanna Lee were nominated for their work, as were composer Jerry Goldsmith, cinematographer Charles Wheeler, editor Henry Berman and makeup artist William Tuttle.

Production Company MGM Television. Director Buzz Kulik. Producers Norman Felton, Stanley Rubin. Teleplay Joanna Lee. Based on the Autobiography by Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Photography Charles F. Wheeler. Music Jerry Goldsmith. Editor Henry Berman. Art Directors David Marshall, Preston Ames. Makeup William Tuttle.

Cast Susan Clark (Babe Didrikson), Alex Karras (George Zaharias), Slim Pickens (Col. William J McCombs), Jeanette Nolan (Hanna Marie Didrikson), Ellen Geer (Lily Didrikson), Ford Rainey (Dr. Tatum), Arch Johnson (Mr. Johnson), Philip Bourneuf (Father), Byron Morrow (Grantland Rice), Herb Vigran (Heckler), James Griffith (Hospital spokesman), Stu Nahan (Sportscaster), Greg Narry (Jimmy), Mickey Sholdar (Golf Pro), Meg Wyllie (Sister Tarsisis), Kathleen Cody (Sue Ellen), Kathleen Hughes (Nancy Armitage), Jeni Gerber (Nurse), Dick Dinman (Randy).

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