Playhouse 90

The Hostess with the Mostest

Season 1, Ep 25, Aired 3/21/57
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  • Episode Description
  • True story about the wife of prominent steel manufacturer and political adviser George Mesta of Washington, D.C. Perle Mesta's legendary lavish parties turned the political world upside down.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Nickell

  • Hagar Wilde

  • Speed Lamkin

  • Evelyn Rudie

    Young Perle Mesta

  • Shirley Booth

    Perle Mesta

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • Based on the life of Perle Mesta

    Trivia (4)

    • This was the first Playhouse 90 episode to win an unprecedented six EMMY awards.

    • The real Perle Mesta makes an appearance in the closing segment.

    • In recognition of her social achievements, Perle Mesta is appointed Minister to Luxembourg by President Harry Truman.

    • Perle Mesta, had earlier served as the inspiration for the 1950 Irving Berlin Broadway musical "Call Me Madam".

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