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I'll Fly Away

I'll Fly Away is an American drama television series set during the late 1950s and early 1960s, in an unspecified Southern U.S. state. It aired on NBC from 1991 to 1993 and starred Regina Taylor as Lilly Harper, a black housekeeper for the family of district attorney Forrest Bedford, whose name is an ironic reference to Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. As the show progressed, Lilly became increasingly involved in the Civil Rights Movement, with events eventually drawing in Forrest as well. I'll Fly Away won two 1992 Emmy Awards, and 23 nominations in total. It won three Humanitas Prizes, two Golden Globe Awards, two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and a Peabody Award. However, the series was never a ratings blockbuster, and it was canceled by NBC in 1993, despite widespread protests by critics and viewer organizations. After the program's cancellation, a two-hour movie, I'll Fly Away: Then and Now, was produced, in order to resolve dangling storylines from Season 2, and provide the series with a true finale. The movie aired on October 11, 1993 on PBS. Its major storyline closely paralleled the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi. Thereafter, PBS began airing repeats of the original episodes, ceasing after one complete showing of the entire series.



Name Character
Dorian Harewood He was 41 , now 71 years old
Sam Waterston He was 50 , now 81 years old
Bill Cobbs He was 57 , now 87 years old
Kathryn Harrold She was 41 , now 71 years old
Jeremy London He was 18 , now 49 years old as Nathaniel 'Nathan' Bedford
Regina Taylor She was 31 , now 61 years old
Frederick Weller He was 25 , now 56 years old
Jordan Charney He was 54 , now 85 years old
Zelda Harris She was 6 , now 37 years old
Mary Alice She was 49 , now 80 years old
Mary Alice She was 49 , now 80 years old as Marguerite Peck
Ginnie Randall


Name Job title
Henry Bromell Production He was 44 , 65 years old when he died Producer
Henry Bromell Writing He was 44 , 65 years old when he died Writer
David Chase Directing He was 46 , now 76 years old Director
David Chase Production He was 46 , now 76 years old Executive Producer
David Chase Writing He was 46 , now 76 years old Writer
James A. Contner Directing He was 44 , now 74 years old Director
Kevin Rodney Sullivan Directing He was 33 , now 63 years old Director
Jack Bender Directing He was 42 , now 72 years old Director
Bruce Seth Green Directing Director
Allan Arkush Directing He was 43 , now 74 years old Director
Kevin Hooks Directing He was 33 , now 63 years old Director
Dee Johnson Writing She was 39 , now 70 years old Writer
Aaron Lipstadt Directing He was 38 , now 69 years old Director
Mark Sobel Directing Director
Josef Anderson Writing Writer
Marjorie David Writing Writer
John David Coles Directing He was 90 , now 121 years old Director
Eugene Corr Directing Director
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I'll Fly Away (30 years)


  • First Air Date: 1991-10-07
  • Runtime: [60] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 39