American Masters

  • 1986
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

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 Ball, Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish and Leonard Bernstein (among others) won Emmys, and a study of the Algonquin...

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First Aired: December 10, 1999

A fond and tuneful profile of Ella Fitzgerald (1917-96), narrated by Tony Bennett. It doesn't sugarcoat her troubled childhood and two failed marriages, or the rigors of a life lived mostly on the road. She had many friends, a number of whom are interviewed here, as is Fitzgerald (in a TV conversation with Andre Previn). She also had her music---sampled in clips from 1942 through the '80s. “She was the best,” says Johnny Mathis.

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  • Premise: 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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