Leona escapes to Jamaica to grieve the loss of her baby daughter, Edith, who died of sudden infant death syndrome. While there she meets kindly housekeeper Clara Mayfield. Clara pulls Leona out of her depression with a blunt, no-nonsense style. Leona is so taken with her that she brings Clara back to their home in Baltimore to be housekeeper and nanny to young son David. At first he is resistant and sees her as an intruder, but as the parents are completely wrapped up in their own grief and dissolving marriage, David comes to trust Clara and to depend on her. Clara harbors her own dark secret, which when revealed, serves to firm the bond between these two very different, but loving, characters.
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Rave Reviews By Variety Magazine
"Buoyed by a beautifully measured star turn by Whoopi Goldberg and a smashing screen debut for young Neil Patrick Harris, Clara's Dream is a powerful, unabashedly sentimental drama. Adaptation of Joseph Olshan's novel pays attention to the values of a well-wrought character study of a noble Jamaican servant (Goldberg) and the young rich kid (Harris) she guides through adolescent rites of passage."
Clara's Heart Released in the US Starring Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris
The cast included:
Whoopi Goldberg (Clara Mayfield)
Michael Ontkean (Bill Hart)
Kathleen Quinlan (Leona Hart)
Neil Patrick Harris (David Hart)
Spalding Gray (Peter Epstein)
Beverly Todd (Dora)
Hattie Winston (Blanche Loudon)
Jason Downs (Alan Lipsky)