Intimate Portrait - Season 6

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  • Helen Keller
    Helen Keller
    Episode 25
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Kim Cattrall
    Kim Cattrall
    Episode 24
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Janis Joplin
    Janis Joplin
    Episode 23
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Joanna Kerns
    Joanna Kerns
    Episode 21
    1/1/00
    10
  • Minnie Driver
    Minnie Driver
    Episode 20
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Linda Evans
    Linda Evans
    Episode 19
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Linda Dano
    Linda Dano
    Episode 18
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Marlo Thomas
    Marlo Thomas
    Episode 17
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Robin Givens
    Robin Givens
    Episode 16
    1/1/00
    9.5
  • Madeline Kahn
    Madeline Kahn
    Episode 15
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Swoosie Kurtz
    Swoosie Kurtz
    Episode 12
    3/28/00
    0.0
  • Katey Sagal
    Katey Sagal
    Episode 9
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Patricia Heaton
  • Rue McClanahan
    Rue McClanahan
    Episode 7
    1/1/00
    10
    Rue McClanahan: A Truly Golden Career To the world, Rue McClanahan will forever be Southern sex kitten Blanche. But more than that, McClanahan is a wife, an activist and a survivor. It was dance, not acting, that first lured Rue McClanahan into the spotlight. Born into a Midwestern blue-collar family (her father was a construction contractor and her mother, a homemaker), her parents wanted their children to experience the arts, so the young McClanahan got plenty of private dance lessons. Eventually, she taught ballet herself. But as a freshman at the University of Tulsa, the 18-year-old found a new love: acting. She immersed herself in all things theatrical during college, but was torn when a full scholarship to a prestigious dance company in Colorado came her way. Eventually, she turned it down, and graduated with highest honors and a double major in theatre arts and German. But Tulsa couldn't hold her. Her sights were set on New York. Initially, McClanahan kept busy acting in not-quite-Broadway shows, falling in love with fellow actor Tom Lloyd along the way. After a brief courtship, the couple married and had a son, Mark. Unfortunately, their marriage fizzled, and so did another (to Norman Hartweg) before McClanahan got her big break on the Broadway stage. In 1969, McClanahan was cast as one of the leads in Broadway's "Jimmy Shine," starring Dustin Hoffman. During this time, McClanahan met and married husband number three: fellow actor Peter DeMayo. But while her relationships were bumpy (this union ended in divorce as well), her career was hitting its stride. After "Jimmy Shine," she was cast as the lead in back-to-back hits: "Who's Happy Now," which garnered her an Obie award for Best Actress, and "Tonight in Living Color." Rue McClanahan: A Truly Golden Career No wonder McClanahan didn't have much time to wallow in her personal woes. Her day job on the soap opera "Another World" was followed by nightly performances on stage. By 1972, McClanahan was exhausted by the pace — just in time for famed TV producer Norman Lear to come calling. The producer remembered McClanahan from "Tonight in Living Color," and asked her if she'd appear as a guest on his new sitcom, "All in the Family." The next year, Lear called again about a bit part in a few episodes of his new show, "Maude," as the lead's eccentric next-door neighbor, Vivian. McClanahan was a huge hit and she signed on to the show as a regular. McClanahan relocated to Los Angeles, bought a home and put her son in private school. At the same time, friends introduced the newly transplanted McClanahan to Gus Fisher, a former actor who worked in the real estate business. After a few months of dating, McClanahan and Fisher tied the knot. Soon to follow: divorce number four. By 1983, five years after "Maude" was taken off the air, McClanahan returned to prime-time television in "Mama's Family." But her two years as Mama's sister were beset by health problems, including a severely infected gall bladder and respiratory problems, that landed her in the hospital. By the time she was healthy again, "Mama's Family" had been canceled and the actress was left with permanent damage to her vocal cords. Her personal life was equally iffy: McClanahan had reunited with her high school sweetheart, Tom Keel; the two married, but then divorced. In 1985, McClanahan was offered another TV role in "The Golden Girls." It was an instant hit with fans and critics, earning her an Emmy award in 1987 and three more Emmy nominations. In 1990, after seven years on the air, Bea Arthur left the show and "The Golden Girls" came to an end. Although McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty were cast in their own spin-off, "Golden Palace," the audience had moved on and the show was canceled within a year. McClanahan moved back to New York City and launched back into her old love: live theater. While rehearsing for a new show, she also met a new love, Morrow Wilson. He stayed by her side though a diagnosis of breast cancer in the late '90s. Today, she is in complete remission, actively working and still happily married. Lately Rue has just finished filming Miracle Dogs, which will air as a mini-series in 2003, and The Fighting Temptations which will be released in movie theaters in August 2003.moreless
  • Betty White
    Betty White
    Episode 6
    1/1/00
    10
    Betty White: The Queen of Television From "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Golden Girls," Betty White is a staple of American comedy. She's charmed television, film and radio audiences for nearly five decades.Here's a close-up look at a comedic talent. Although Betty White has often been dubbed "Queen of Television," this American icon was first radio royalty. Starting at just 16, White attended acting school (she skipped college to pursue her showbiz dream) and appeared on high-profile radio shows such as "Blondie," "The Great Gildersleeve" and "This Is Your FBI." Eventually, she landed her own radio show, aptly titled "The Betty White Show." But it wasn't until 1953, at the age of 29, that White made the leap to the medium for which we know her best: television. She starred in and produced the hit show "Life With Elizabeth," a sitcom that earned her the first of six Emmy Awards. That success led White to make her first of numerous game show appearances as the fill-in host for the iconic "What's My Line?" Soon she settled into a career of appearances on other game shows (including "Match Game") and Jack Paar's "The Tonight Show." But it was her frequent appearances on "Password" that changed her life. She caught the eye (and heart) of host Allen Ludden, and the two married. (Ludden passed away in 1981.) With game shows pretty much behind her, White appeared as a guest on the wildly popular "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." That guest role lead to the permanent spot of Sue Ann Nivens, the flirtatious "Happy Homemaker," earning her two more Emmy nods and a whole lot of fame. On a roll, she then appeared in episodes of "The Merv Griffin Show," "The Love Boat" and "Mama's Family." Then, in 1985, White earned her biggest kudos to date: a starring role in the long-running hit series, "The Golden Girls." For seven years, she played the scatterbrained Rose Nylund, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination every year the show was on the air until 1992. (She won the prize for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987.) A recipient of the 1990 American Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award, White shows no signs of losing her penchant for making others laugh. She recently appeared in the movies "Lake Placid" and "The Story of Us." In 1996, she received yet another Emmy for her supporting role on "The John Larroquette Show." But White has a serious side, too. She has been a long-standing activist for animals' health and well-being and served for three years as president of the Morris Animal Foundation, a national research organization that strives to improve the health of both wild and domesticated animals. (One of the group's accomplishments is finding a vaccine for feline leukemia.) She has also created a TV series about celebrities' pets called "The Pet Set" and, in a move that hearkens back to the beginning of her acting career, a radio program called "Betty White on Animals." Just recently Betty filmed her role in Steve Martin's feature film "Bringing Down The HouZe."moreless
  • Mackenzie Phillips
  • Harriet Tubman
    Harriet Tubman
    Episode 4
    2/3/00
    0.0
  • Florence Griffith Joyner
  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin
  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Marie Osmond
    Marie Osmond
    Episode 1
    2/28/00
    0.0
  • Tipper Gore
    Tipper Gore
    Episode 1
    1/5/00
    0.0
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