Why Me? (1984 film)

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Why Me?
Written by Leola Mae Harmon (novel)
Dalene Young (screenplay)
Directed by Fielder Cook
Starring Glynnis O'Connor
Armand Assante
Craig Wasson
Annie Potts
Lin Shaye
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Malcolm Stuart
Dalene Young
Producer(s) Lowell Mate
Michael Moyse
Robert Papazian
Irwin Steinberg
Cinematography Woody Omens
Editor(s) Parkie L. Singh (as Parkie Singh)
Running time100 min.
Production company(s) Lorimar Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio format Mono
Original releaseMarch 12, 1984 (1984-03-12)

Why Me? is a 1984 made-for-television film directed by Fielder Cook and starring Glynnis O'Connor and Armand Assante. [1] [2]



Air Force nurse Leola Mae Harmon is about to leave the military in 1968 when her face is terribly disfigured in a car crash in which she also loses her baby while the drunk driver who caused the crash received leniency. Traumatised further when her marriage breaks up after the accident, Leola falls under the care of Air Force surgeon James Stallings. Stallings fights the service's medical bureaucracy to repair Leola's face with several radical procedures over 20 reconstructive surgeries, while Leola befriends a disfigured boy hospitalised in the same facility. Stallings and Leola also fall in love by the time Dr. Stallings's work achieves the final results for her.

The film is based on the real-life story of Leola Mae Harmon and James Stallings, who married in 1971. The marriage lasted five years; Leola remarried happily in 1982 and continued her nursing career. She died of multiple organ failure in 1998. Stallings became a noted plastic and voice surgeon who pioneered vocal reconstructive surgery. He, too, remarried happily, but after being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Syndrome in 1987, the disease interfered with his work until his suicide in 1991.


  1. Karp, Marcelle; Stoller, Debbie (1999). The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order. Penguin Books.
  2. "Why Me?". Tvguide.co.uk.