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In Memoriam: Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

At the time of Maya Angelou’s death, May 28, 2014, she was participating in the first feature documentary about her life for the American Masters series, Maya Angelou: The People’s Poet. We look forward to her taking her rightful place in the American Masters series, albeit posthumously.

May 29th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Watch Outtake: Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

Author Jay McInerney says that George Plimpton "liked to tell people that he had saved me from becoming a pharmacist." It was Plimpton who published McInerney's first story ever in The Paris Review, which formed the basis for the iconic novel, Bright Lights, Big City.

May 15th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Watch Excerpt: Robert F. Kennedy - Friend and Admirer of George Plimpton

In this film excerpt, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recalls his father's admiration for George Plimpton. A close friend of Kennedy, Plimpton would make appearances for him during his presidential campaign in 1968.

May 15th, 2014 | 0 comments

George Plimpton - The Life Adventures of George Plimpton in Trading Cards

American Masters is proud to feature George Plimpton in its second series of vintage trading cards. See George box, pitch, tend goal, fly through the air, write and more.

May 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

George Plimpton - George Plimpton, The Paris Review and American Masters

George Plimpton co-founded The Paris Review and was its editor for 50 years, from the first edition in 1953 to his death in September 2003. Here are just a few of the many conversations and connections between American Masters writers, The Paris Review and George Plimpton, an American Master himself.

May 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Watch Excerpt: Making a Success Out of Failure

Mr. Zero. Vague. These are some of the nicknames the writer and journalist George Plimpton tried on for size during his lifetime. One of Plimpton's first failures was flunking out of the college preparatory school Exeter, where his family had a long history.

May 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

George Plimpton - Watch Web Exclusive Outtake: Ric Burns on the Surprise of George Plimpton's Death

In this web exclusive outtake from Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, documentary filmmaker Ric Burns compares the death of George Plimpton, a journalist and native New Yorker, to a light going out at the top of the Empire State Building.

May 12th, 2014 | 0 comments

George Plimpton - Preview the Film with American Masters and The Paris Review

Join American Masters and The Paris Review for an extended, pre-broadcast online preview of Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself. Join the screening and chat at 7 pm ET on Thursday, May 15.

May 1st, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - In Memoriam. Watch Interview with Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder of The Paris Review

Writer Peter Matthiessen (May 22, 1927 – April 5, 2014) co-founded the prestigious literary magazine The Paris Review in 1953, along with George Plimpton (whom Matthiessen grew up with and recruited). In this filmed interview, Matthiessen describes the review's strengths and calls its success "beyond our wildest dreams."

Apr 11th, 2014 | 0 comments
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