Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway is a dramatic made-for-television movie, which premiered on NBC on September 27, 1976.
The story follows a 15-year-old girl named Dawn Wetherby (Eve Plumb) who runs away from home to Hollywood and becomes a prostitute to support herself. Dawn finds herself taken under the wing of a tough-talking pimp named Swan. The film’s soundtrack features the song “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.
In Randal Kleiser’s telemovie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) stars as Dawn, who leaves home at 15 for the glamour of L.A. Friendless, she is taken in by the smooth line of Swan (Bo Hopkins), who offers to be her protector. Before long, Dawn has become a streetwalker, with Swan taking a sizeable chunk of her earnings.
She finds true friendship in the form of another runaway, male hustler Alex (Leigh McCloskey) — whose own story would be delineated in a 1977 sequel, Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn. Having learned a lesson with its controversial airing of Born Innocent, NBC preceded the September 27, 1976, premiere of Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway with a “parental discretion” disclaimer.
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