3 best scenes from Lifetime’s I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story

(L to R) Ginnifer Goodwin and Angela Fairley star in I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story premiering April 20th at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.Photo by Courtesy of Lifetime Copyright 2019
(L to R) Ginnifer Goodwin and Angela Fairley star in I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story premiering April 20th at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.Photo by Courtesy of Lifetime Copyright 2019 /
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(L to R) Sherri Saum and Ginnifer Goodwin star in I am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story premiering Easter Weekend on Saturday, April 20th at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Photo by Courtesy of Lifetime Copyright 2019 /

2. Regina finds a new reason to live.

In perhaps the saddest scene of the movie, Regina tries to take her own life. The courts do not allow her to be adopted by Jeanine because, at the time, it was seen as unhealthy for a black child to be adopted by a white mother. Instead, Regina is forced to go into a behavioral correction facility and while there, she deals with being alienated and lashing out as much as she  did at the children’s shelter.

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She begins to hoard her pills and tries to drown herself in the pool. Luckily, the nurses are able to get to her in time and slowly, Regina finds a new reason to live. She takes heed of Jeanine’s advice, her praise and the belief she had that Regina could be whatever she wanted to. Regina begins to work hard, study and eventually is able to get into school and start a new chapter of her life.

1. Jeanine and Regina meet again later in life.

Sometimes, you get a happy ending. After all the hardship and strife Regina suffered through to come out on the other side a stronger, empowered woman, she is finally reunited with Jeanine much later in her life. In the movie, Jeanine shows up at Regina’s book signing, having seen a glimpse of her on television. They have a heartfelt reunion and afterwards, Jeanine does indeed, finally adopt Regina.

In real life, Jeanine did indeed adopt Regina despite her being in her late adult life at the time. It goes to show there is no age requirement for love and family. Jeanine had always thought of Regina has her daughter and Regina always knew Jeanine was her mother. Sherri Saum was perfectly cast as the older version of Regina and I couldn’t help but get a little choked up when I saw the two women hug after so much time spent apart.

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If you enjoyed this film, you might be interested in reading the real Regina Louise’s memoirs, Somebody’s Someone can be purchased on Amazon and is the basis of Lifetime’s Regina Louise Story.