The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made for TV movie inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who had to live in a container that protected them from all pathogens, since they lacked an effective immune system. This made for TV movie stars John Travolta, Glynnis O'Connor, Diana Hyland, and Robert Reed, and it was produced by Aaron Spelling. The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is arguably one of the most influential and best-remembered made-for-TV movies of the 1970s. A quarter century later, its premise was satirized in the feature film Bubble Boy.

This Emmy-award winning made-for-TV movie first aired on November 12, 1976, on the ABC television network.

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