The Late Great Me! Story of a Teenage Alcoholic (1979)

Run Time - 46 min.  |  
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Adapted by Jan Hartman (Hewitt's Just Different) from a novel by Sandra Scoppetone, this powerful ABC Afterschool Special stars Maia Danzinger as Geri Peters, a lonely 15-year-old girl. Hoping to impress a handsome new student named Dave, Geri eagerly takes up the boy's "hobby" -- which happens to be heavy drinking. Before long, everyone realizes that Geri has a serious problem -- everyone but Geri, who is not only in deep denial but has become a compulsive liar, even to herself. She is finally put on the road to recovery by one who has "been there, done that." The Late Great Me! Story of a Teenage Alcoholic was the winner of two Emmy Awards.