Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

The Carol Burnett Interview

In the interview below, the versatile performer provides her own take on an award-winning career that began in New York City in the 1950s. Q: What challenges did you face starting out? A: I wanted to be on Broadway, but in musical comedy. Aside from being cast in Once Upon a Mattress, which was a […]

Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character

Filmmaker Interview – Kyra Thompson

In this interview, director Kyra Thompson discusses her latest film — AMERICAN MASTERS Carol Burnett: A Woman Of Character. Q. What first got you interested in doing a film about Carol Burnett? A. I have been a fan of Carol Burnett for years. I know that American Masters has wanted to do a film about […]

Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy

Finding Lucy

For more than thirty years, Lucille Ball was one of the most recognized and loved entertainers in the world. Known to all simply as Lucy, she portrayed a scatterbrained housewife with the ability to turn simple chores into unparalleled fiascoes. Clumsy and unsophisticated at nearly everything she tried (and she tried nearly everything), the television […]

Marilyn Monroe: Still Life


Marilyn Monroe: Still Life


The Woman Who Will Not Die By Gloria Steinem, 1986 It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the death of a minor American actress named Marilyn Monroe. There is no reason for her to be a part of my consciousness as I walk down a midtown New York street frilled with color […]

Helen Hayes: First Lady of The American Theatre

About Helen Hayes

Long regarded as “the First Lady of American Theater,” Helen Hayes earned international esteem and affection during a career that spanned more than eighty years on stage and in films, radio, and television. As a screen actor she won two Oscars, as a stage actor she won a prestigious Drama League of New York award, […]

Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory

About Katherine Anne Porter

When Katherine Anne Porter left her home state of Texas for New York, she brought with her the hard edge of a Western pioneer. Passionate and intelligent, it was this edge more than anything that made her name as a writer. Despite her self-imposed exile from her home and Southern background, Porter used this distance […]

Lillian Gish: The Actor’s Life for Me

About Lillian Gish

She was the archetypal silent film heroine — the delicate damsel in distress, fainting on an ice floe, cowering before a brutal bounder, languishing in a garret. She has been called “the first lady of the silent screen,” and film director D.W. Griffith extolled her “exquisite, ethereal beauty.” She was Lillian Gish, the star of […]