in memoriam

Linda Hopkins: In Memoriam

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of legendary blues and gospel singer Linda Hopkins, who memorably co-starred with Ruth Brown in Black and Blue, a musical revue celebrating the blues and dance music between the World Wars.  Nominated for ten Tony Awards and winning three, the show was recorded by GREAT PERFORMANCES for PBS broadcast in […]

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of the two-time Oscar-winning Hollywood legend and passionate AIDS research advocate Elizabeth Taylor. Her life and career were celebrated by GP in the 2001 profile, “Elizabeth Taylor: England’s Other Elizabeth.” The hour featured interviews with Shirley MacLaine, Rod Steiger, Angela Lansbury; and Taylor herself illustrated with extensive […]

Walter Cronkite

“Walter Cronkite loved music and dancing, which is why he jumped  at the opportunity to return to Vienna in1984–where he had been stationed  as a correspondent following World War II–to host the 1985 Vienna  Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert.  For nearly a quarter of a  century, he created a tradition on PBS of ushering in […]

Dorothy Cullman

GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of one of our greatest champions and patrons, Dorothy Cullman.  From the very start of Thirteen/WNET in the 1960s, Dorothy and her husband Lewis have been major supporters of the station’s arts programming, and great believers in the role public television should play in American life.  In addition to many […]

Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson (1963 – 2009) GREAT PERFORMANCES mourns the passing of Natasha Richardson, whose theatrical brilliance captivated public television audiences in 1993 with GP’s telecast of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly, Last Summer.” A great talent and enduring friend of the theater, she also joined her husband Liam Neeson to co-host the STAGE ON SCREEN telecast of […]