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An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal (more…)

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Season 17, Episode 3 Julliard

First Aired: January 29, 2003

Teachers, students and an impressive array of graduates reflect on the mystique and challenges of Juilliard, the prestigious performing-arts school that's part of New York's Lincoln Center. Director Maro Chermayeff (PBS's “Frontier House”) follows four current students (a dancer, an actor, a pianist and a singer), but driving the program is the commentary of some 50 alums (and others, like Eriq La Salle, who didn't make it through). Among them: Itzhak Perlman, Kevin Spacey, Audra McDonald, Emmanuel Ax, Wynton Marsalis, James Levine, Bradley Whitford, Kelsey Grammer, Marvin Hamlisch and Robin Williams.