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Second Serve is a 1986 American made-for-television biographical film starring Vanessa Redgrave as retired eye surgeon, professional tennis player, and transgender woman Renée Richards. The film is based on her 1983 autobiography Second Serve: The... read more

Second Serve is a 1986 American made-for-television biographical film starring Vanessa Redgrave as retired eye surgeon, professional tennis player, and transgender woman Renée Richards. The film is based on her 1983 autobiography Second Serve: The Renée Richards Story that was written with John Ames. The script is by Stephanie Liss and Gavin Lambert and the film was directed by Anthony Page. Second Serve aired on CBS on May 13, 1986.

Original Release

01/01/1986

US Release

01/01/1986

Cast

Vanessa Redgrave Richard Radley / Renee Richards
Martin Balsam Dr. Beck
William Russ Josh
Alice Krige Gwen
Louise Fletcher Dr. Sadie M. Bishop
Kerrie Keane Meriam
Richard Venture Dr. David Bradley
Reni Santoni Dr. Roberto Granato
Jeff Corey Dr. Harry Benjamin
Alan Feinstein Bill
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Anthony Page

Writers

Gavin Lambert, John Ames, Stephanie Liss, Renee Richards

Cast

Vanessa Redgrave Richard Radley / Renee Richards
Martin Balsam Dr. Beck
William Russ Josh
Alice Krige Gwen
Louise Fletcher Dr. Sadie M. Bishop
Kerrie Keane Meriam
Richard Venture Dr. David Bradley
Reni Santoni Dr. Roberto Granato
Jeff Corey Dr. Harry Benjamin
Alan Feinstein Bill
Nina Van Pallandt Danielle
Michael Cavanaugh Gene Scott
Kenneth Tigar Ross
Alison La Placa Nightclub Singer
James Victor Spaniard
Gerry Gibson Dr. Tirico
Michael Harrington Lowell
Mews Small Navy Wife
Whit Hertford Richard / Renee
Ray Girardin Grigsby

Producers

Linda Yellen Executive Producer

Editors

John C. Horger

1987Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
1986EmmyOutstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special Won
1986EmmyOutstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special Won
1986EmmyOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
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