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“Almost A Woman” is based on Esmeralda Santiago’s courageous memoir that follows the plight of a young thirteen-year-old girl and her family as they move to New York from Puerto Rico. Immediately, the challenges begin to mount as she struggles with a new language and culture. The transition is not an easy one, and Esmeralda finds herself juggling her roles as daughter, student, and family translator. A fighter by nature, Esmeralda excels at everything that she does, and soon must also learn to cope with opportunities she had never imagined were even possible. Despite all of the hardships and struggles, the challenges faced in her new life help to mold her future as a great actress and writer.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 106
Airdate: Sunday September 15th, 2002

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Guest Stars
Ana Maria Lagasca
As Esmeralda (Negi)
Miriam Colon
As Tata (Negi's Grandmother)
Wanda De Jesus
As Mami (Negi's Mother)

Co-Guest Stars
Alexis Cruz
As Nestor
Anne DeSalvo
As Miss Narayan
Austin Marques
As Raymond Santiago
Christine Healy (1)
As Mrs. Parsons
Cliff DeYoung
As Mr. Burnett
Dawn Didawick
As Field Social Worker
Diane Salinger
As Mrs. Moore
Francesco Quinn
As Don Carlos
George Wyner
As Dr. Fishbeck
Justin Williams
As Office Social Worker
Peter Jason
As Mr. Fuller
Sarah Zinsser
As Librarian
Episode Notes
Almost a Woman was awarded the CineSol (Latino Film Festival) SOL Award of Excellence for 2002.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerRonald L. Colby
MusicLee Holdridge
Executive ProducerMarian Rees  |  Anne Hopkins  |  Stephen Kulczycki
Executive Producer - MasterpieceRebecca Eaton
Warning: Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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