What Makes a Family 21 years old

Based on the controversial true story

What Makes a Family

Janine and Sandy are a lesbian couple who decide to have a baby, but after a few years Sandy dies. This tragedy is exploited by Sandy's parents to snatch the girl from Janine's care. But then, and despite having the laws against her, Janine decides to fight in order to regain custody of her daughter.


What Makes a Family Cast

Name Character
Whoopi Goldberg She was 45, now 66 years old as Terry Harrison
Brooke Shields She was 35, now 57 years old as Janine Nielssen
Cherry Jones She was 44, now 65 years old as Sandy Cataldi
Anne Meara She was 71, 85 years old when she died as Evelyn Cataldi
Al Waxman He was 65, 65 years old when he died as Frank Cataldi

What Makes a Family Crew

Name Department
Maggie Greenwald as Director. She was 45 (now 67) years old Directing
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What Makes a Family (21 years)

Based on the controversial true story

  • Release day: Monday, January 22, 2001
  • Runtime: 120 minutes