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"Of Two Minds" review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday March 10 8 pm on Lifetime

This is a really good movie about two sisters. One is an ambitious but tightly-wound woman and her family. Her sister is schizophrenic and lives with their mom, but the mom dies, so the woman has to figure out what to do with her. The movie is all about how the family and the sister struggle together to find their way.

The best part of the movie is the acting, especially that of Tammy Blanchard, who plays the schizophrenic sister, Elizabeth (nicknamed "Baby"). Kristin Davis does a fine job as her sister, but she doesn't come across all that sympathetic, for the most part. Her long-suffering husband is ably played by Joel Gretsch, most known for "The 4400" and "V". He is largely wasted here but I always enjoy seeing him. Louise Fletcher plays a family friend.

Parts of the movie are very intense, and I found them hard to watch. By and large, though, it's a really good story with great performances.

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KRISTIN DAVIS STARS IN AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCES LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE

Emmy® Award-Winner Tammy Blanchard Co-Stars in Emotional Film about Mental Illness Premieres March 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 14, 2012) – Lifetime is set to premiere the original movie Of
Two Minds, starring and executive produced by Emmy®-nominated actress Kristin Davis (Sex
and the City, Couples Retreat) and co-starring Emmy®-winner Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball,
LMN’s Amish Grace) and Oscar®-winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).
From a screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer Richard Friedenberg (A River Runs Through It,
Promise), the Sony Pictures Television distributed film takes the viewer on an emotional journey
as they are given an intimate look at a family’s struggle to cope with a loved one suffering from
schizophrenia and the challenges that threaten to tear them apart. Of Two Minds will debut on
Lifetime Saturday, March 10, at 8 pm ET/PT.

Of Two Minds follows the story of the challenging relationship between “Billie” (Davis) and her
younger schizophrenic sister, “Elizabeth, ‘Baby’” (Blanchard). After their mother dies, Billie
takes responsibility by moving Baby in with her family, including her husband, their teenage son
and young daughter. At first, Baby and the family work to adjust to their new living arrangement.
However, after a disturbing incident involving her son and Baby, it becomes clear to Billie that
she and her family are not equipped to handle Baby’s illness, ultimately forcing her to make the
difficult decision to do what’s best for her sister and her family.

Davis most recently reprised her role as the ever-hopeful “Charlotte” in Sex and the City 2, the
sequel to the 2008 big-screen hit Sex and the City, which was number one at the box office on its
opening weekend and grossed over $415 million worldwide. Both films were based on the
successful series, in which she also starred. Davis’ role as “Charlotte” for six seasons on the
series earned her individual “Best Supporting Actress” nominations for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe® Award. Davis and her co-stars also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards® for
“Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.”

Prior to Sex and the City, Davis starred as the devious “Brooke Armstrong” in the pop culture
phenomenon, Melrose Place. Her additional television credits include the TNT Original Movie
The Winning Season, as well as guest-starring roles on other iconic shows such as Will & Grace,
Seinfeld, Friends, ER and The Larry Sanders Show. An active philanthropist, Davis serves as an
Oxfam Global Ambassador and participated in the Montreal Millennium Summit as a speaker on
their behalf. She has also spoken outside the United Nations in an effort to eradicate poverty and
fight for social justice.

Screenwriter Richard Friedenberg received critical acclaim in 1986 with Promise, a
groundbreaking TV movie that gave audiences an emotional and gritty look inside a family
dealing with schizophrenia. Starring James Garner and James Woods, Promise went on to win
multiple Emmys Awards, including “Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic
Special” and “Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special.” Additionally, that year the film was
awarded the prestigious Peabody Award and the Humanitas Prize, which honors writers whose
work explores the human condition in meaningful way. Friedenberg’s other major television
awards include an Emmy win and Humanitas nomination for the TV movie Bitter Harvest and an
Oscar nod for his work on A River Runs Through It. Recently Friedenberg penned Lifetime’s The
19th Wife, based on David Ebershoff’s New York Times best-selling novel that takes an inside
look at the secret world of polygamy.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Produced by The Konigsberg Company for Lifetime and distributed by Sony Pictures Television,
Of Two Minds is executive produced by Frank Konigsberg (Lifetime’s William and Kate, LMN’s
Lies in Plain Sight) marking his sixth movie for the network and sixtieth overall in his career.
Dan Ostroff (Ron Howard's The Missing, Dog Town and Z-Boys) and Kristin Davis also
executive produce and Jim O’hanlon (The Deep Emma, House of Saddam) directs from a script
written by Richard Friedenberg (Snow in August, A River Runs Through It).

ABOUT LIFETIME
Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information
programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families.
Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime
Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of
the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces
and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and
family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television,
first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry’s
largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that
includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms.
Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which
are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries.
To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world,
including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India,
Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, Singapore,
Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a
key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 132 channel feeds,
which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 million households
worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website,
Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production
company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN,
new 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and
national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere
national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated
series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT
(www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

Kristin Davis As “Billie”

Kristin Davis most recently reprised her role as the ever-hopeful “Charlotte” in Sex and
the City 2, the sequel to the 2008 big-screen hit Sex and the City, which was number one
at the box office on its opening weekend and grossed over $415 million worldwide.
Both films were based on the successful HBO series, in which she also starred.
Davis’ role as “Charlotte” for six seasons on the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning
series Sex and the City earned her individual “Best Supporting Actress” nominations for
both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Davis and her co-stars also won two Screen
Actors Guild Awards® for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy
Series.”

Prior to Sex and the City, Davis starred as the devious “Brooke Armstrong” in the popculture
phenomenon, Melrose Place. Her additional television credits include the TNT
Original Movie The Winning Season, also starring Matthew Modine; as well as gueststarring
roles on other iconic shows such as Will & Grace, Seinfeld, Friends, ER and The
Larry Sanders Show.

Additional feature film credits for Davis include the holiday comedy Deck the Halls, The
Shaggy Dog and Robert Rodriguez’s children’s adventure The Adventures of Sharkboy
and Lavagirl 3-D.

Davis has also worked successfully in the theater. In May 2006, she made her London
stage debut as “Sunny Jacobs” in The Exonerated. Prior to that, Davis appeared in Brave
New World and Land of the Dead, opposite Paul Rudd.

An active philanthropist, Davis serves as an Oxfam Global Ambassador and participated
in the Montreal Millennium Summit as a speaker on their behalf. She has also spoken
outside the United Nations in an effort to eradicate poverty and fight for social justice.
Davis makes frequent trips to Africa, visiting local communities to gain a better
understanding of gender, poverty and environmental issues. She also contributes to
wildlife conservation through her work with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an
organization in Kenya created to raise orphaned elephants and re-introduce them into the
wild.

In 2011, she was honored with The Wyler Award, one of the Humane Society of the
United States’ most prestigious honors, at the 25th Annual Genesis Awards. Bestowed on
a celebrity or public figure who has made news on behalf of animals, the award was
given to Davis in recognition of the attention she has brought to the plight of orphaned
African elephants impacted by the increase in elephant poaching for their ivory tusks.
Davis recently gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Rutgers University,
and was inducted into their Distinguished Alumni Society.

Tammy Blanchard As “Elizabeth/Baby”

Tammy Blanchard is well known for her breakout role portraying the young Judy
Garland in Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, which won her tremendous critical
acclaim, including an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actress and nominations for
both a Golden Globe® and an American Film Institute television award.

Blanchard appeared opposite Matt Damon in Robert De Niro’s feature film The Good
Shepherd and co-starred with Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch in the independent
feature film Deadline. Blanchard’s additional theatrical credits include Bella, The Ramen
Girl, Cadillac Records and Rabbit Hole, co-starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.
Most recently she starred across form Mira Sorvion in Union Square and she was
featured in the Academy® Award-nominated film Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah
Hill.

Blanchard’s television credits include the remake of the television movie Sybil, with
Jessica Lange, Empire State and the Lifetime Original Movies, We Were the Mulvaneys
and Living Proof. In April 2010 she starred in the LMN Original Movie Amish Grace,
which went on to become the network’s most watched original movie ever in total
viewers. Blanchard has also guest starred on hit television shows including Law &
Order, The Good Wife and most recently A Gifted Man.

On Broadway, Blanchard performed the title role in Gypsy, directed by Sam Mendes, for
which she received a Tony® nomination. She is currently starring on Broadway in How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, for which she received a Tony
Nomination.

Richard Friedenberg Screenwriter

Screenwriter Richard Friedenberg received critical acclaim in 1986 with Promise, a
groundbreaking TV movie that gave audiences an emotional and gritty look inside a
family dealing with schizophrenia. Starring James Garner and James Woods, Promise
went on to win multiple Emmys Awards, including “Outstanding Writing for a
Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special” and “Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special.”
Additionally, that year the film was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award and the
Humanitas Prize, which honors writers whose work explores the human condition in
meaningful way. Friedenberg’s other major television awards include an Emmy win and
Humanitas nomination for the TV movie Bitter Harvest and an Oscar nod for his work on
A River Runs Through It. Recently Friedenberg penned Lifetime’s The 19th Wife, based
on David Ebershoff’s New York Times best-selling novel that takes an inside look at the
secret world of polygamy.

CREDITS

Produced by The Konigsberg Company for Lifetime and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

THE CAST

Billie Clark Kristin Davis
Elizabeth ‘Baby’ Davis Tammy Blanchard
Rick Clark Joel Gretsch
Kathleen Bonnie Bartlett
Mollie Clark Mackenzie Aladjem
Davis Clark Alex Le Bas
Madeleine Jessica Lundy
April Marcella Lentz-Pope
Doctor Lewis Anthony Azizi
Councilor Carlease Burke
Aunt Will Louise Fletcher

PRODUCTION

Directed by Jim O’Hanlon
Written by Richard Friedenberg
Executive Producer Frank Konigsberg
Executive Producer Daniel Ostroff
Co-Executive Producer Kristin Davis
Producer by Kyle Clark
Produced by Lina Wong
Produced by Eileen Fields
Director of Photography Ousama Rawi, B.S.C./C.S.C.
Production Designer Warren A. Young
Edited by Charles Bornstein, A.C.E
Music by Samuel Sim
Casting by Gary M. Zuckerbrod, C.S.A.

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