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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 16, Episode 6 Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance

First Aired: December 16, 2001

Merce Cunningham, postmodern dance's grand old man, looks back on 60 years of innovation in this profile. The hour covers some of the choreographer's work (Mikhail Baryshnikow is seen in one piece), but it focuses on the "shockingly radical" (in the words of critic Deborah Jowitt) dances he began choreographing in the 1940s during his stint as a soloist in Martha Graham's company.

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