Princess Daisy (miniseries)

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Princess Daisy
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Based on Princess Daisy
by Judith Krantz
Written byDiana Hammond
Directed by Waris Hussein
Starring Merete Van Kamp
Lindsay Wagner
Paul Michael Glaser
Robert Urich
Claudia Cardinale
Rupert Everett
Stacy Keach
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers Steve Krantz
Diane Asselin (associate producer)
Producer Lillian Gallo
Cinematography Tony Imi
Charles Rosher Jr.
EditorRobert F. Shugrue
Running time190 minutes
Production companiesSteve Krantz Productions
NBC Productions
Distributor NBC
Original networkNBC
Picture format Color
Audio format Mono
Original release
  • November 6, 1983 (1983-11-06)

Princess Daisy is a 1983 American television miniseries directed by Waris Hussein, based on the 1980 novel of the same name by Judith Krantz.



Princess Daisy tells the story of a young girl who is sent to England to live with her father, Prince Valensky, after her mother's death in a car crash. Unfortunately, Daisy is immediately separated from her twin sister Dani, who is a special needs child not accepted by their father. When Daisy turns 16, their father dies in a plane accident. The girl is forced to take care of her life herself, especially when her half-brother starts seeing in her more than just a sister.


Critical reception

Richard Corliss wrote of the miniseries, "Not even trash can guarantee the happy ending, and, alas, it happened to Jane Doe: Princess Daisy proved a small screen bust." [1] However, The Guardian was more positive; while it criticized the acting, it concluded, "Despite all that, Princess Daisy is much better quality kitsch than Lace . It has all the same, essential mini-series requirements: vulgar opulence, beautiful people, international locations, the lot. But it also has a strong, closely packed story line, with the kind of fairy tale elements—the mirror image twin, the evil step-relation—that can remind you of childhood frissons; and it has characters in place of those perambulating coat hangers we had last week. And if we customers don't take the trouble to distinguish between good and bad rubbish, you know exactly what kind we will get in future." [2]

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  1. "Miniseries". Museum of Broadcast Communication. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  2. Hebert, Hugh (September 18, 1984). "Television: Princess Daisy has all the essential TV mini-series requirements". The Guardian . Retrieved 2017-07-20.