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  • The Friendship of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball

    In this interview outtake from Funny Ladies, Carol Burnett describes meeting Lucille Ball for the first time and Ball’s generous offer to be of help during Burnett’s budding career. The two would become close friends and perform on each other’s … Continue reading

    Length: 00:02:15
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    The Friendship of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball
  • Mary Tyler Moore’s Big Break

    Actress Mary Tyler Moore describes how she nearly didn’t go to the audition for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” She wowed the show’s creator and director, Carl Reiner, and got the part of Laura Petrie, the wife of Rob Petrie … Continue reading

    Length: 00:02:24
    Mary Tyler Moore -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Mary Tyler Moore’s Big Break
  • Primetime Soaps Preview

    Trace the arc of nighttime soaps, from “Peyton Place” to “Dallas,” “Dynasty” and “Knots Landing.” Primetime Soaps premieres Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

    Length: 00:00:30
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    Primetime Soaps Preview
  • The Carol Burnett Show Crack-ups

    Margaret Cho and Carol Burnett describe the cast’s famous unscripted fits of laughter. Harvey Korman’s crack-ups were usually in response to Tim Conway’s facial expressions and nuances of comic delivery.  According to Burnett, the cast of “The Carol Burnett Show” … Continue reading

    Length: 00:01:30
    Carol Burnett on Crack-ups
    The Carol Burnett Show Crack-ups
  • Joan Rivers on Being a “Pioneer”

    In this interview outtake, Rivers explains why she doesn’t like being called a “pioneer.” Continue reading

    Length: :42
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    Joan Rivers on Being a “Pioneer”
  • Funny Ladies Preview

    See the first stand-up comediennes to appear on television and the sitcom stars who followed. Funny Ladies includes interviews with Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Joan Rivers, Betty White and more. Premieres on PBS on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at … Continue reading

    Length: 00:00:30
    Betty White in Life with Elizabeth -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Funny Ladies Preview
  • Carol Burnett’s Big Break

    This excerpt from Funny Ladies follows Carol Burnett’s first big break, when she performed a song feigning affection for U.S. Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, known as “The Most Boring Man in America.” Within a week, she was a … Continue reading

    Length: 01:42
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    Carol Burnett’s Big Break
  • Stephen Cannell on the “Dragnet” Style of Acting

    Writer and actor Jack Webb believed realism on the small screen heightened the natural dramatic tension of a show, so when he created the crime drama series “Dragnet”  in 1951, he wrote fast-paced, clipped dialogue. But it was difficult for … Continue reading

    Length: :36
    Stephen Cannell, Writer -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Stephen Cannell on the “Dragnet” Style of Acting
  • Rosey Grier on the Kennedy Assassination

    Actor Rosey Grier, who also worked as a bodyguard for the Kennedy family,  recalls the night congressman Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated and his role in apprehending Sirhan Sirhan and protecting him from an angry crowd.

    Length: 2:00
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    Rosey Grier on the Kennedy Assassination
  • Rod Serling on Science Fiction

    “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling defends science fiction as a legitimate form of literature. Continue reading

    Length: 1:15
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    Rod Serling on Science Fiction
  • Phyllis Diller on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

    Comedienne Phyllis Diller describes how she ran into trouble with gags and cue cards on the “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

    Length: 1:27
    Phyllis Diller -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Phyllis Diller on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
  • Leonard Nimoy on “Gunsmoke”

    Leonard Nimoy appeared as a guest star on numerous TV series before landing the role of Spock on “Star Trek.” Here, he describes a role as an Indian on the Western series “Gunsmoke.”

    Length: 1:55
    Leonard Nimoy -- Pioneers of Television | PBS
    Leonard Nimoy on “Gunsmoke”
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