Season 1, Episode 3
Backstairs At The White House clip - starring Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Louis Jr. Gossett, Robert Hooks, David Downing, Celeste Holm. Directed by Michael O'Herlihy.
Harry S. Truman 1945-1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961
The frantic pace of the war years and frequent visits by world leaders take a toll on the White House servants. Now retired, Maggie is quick to respond when Mrs. Roosevelt asks her to return to help with a very special guest. While the creaking old White House undergoes renovation, Roosevelt's successor, Harry S. Truman (Harry Morgan), moves his family to Blair House. The move necessitates a staff reduction, and Lillian is dismissed after 20 years of service. Truman's surprise defeat of Thomas Dewey returns him to office and returns Lillian to presidential service. She goes on to serve at the White House through the two terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower (Andrew Duggan).
Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
Maggie ministers to the needs of the distraught Mrs. Harding (Celeste Holm) as gossip and scandal engulf the president (George Kennedy). The quiet dignity of President and Mrs. Coolidge (Ed Flanders and Lee Grant) is a welcome relief after the troubled Harding administration. Though Maggie urges her to reconsider, Lillian (Leslie Uggams) refuses to take a permanent job at the White House. Coolidge chooses not to run for a second term and is succeeded by the aloof Herbert Hoover (Larry Gates). As the Depression descends on the country, Lillian loses her job in a fashionable dress shop and reluctantly joins her mother at the White House.
Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
As the Hoover administration comes to an end, Maggie collapses from exhaustion, but she refuses to follow doctor's orders to rest. The White House moves from gloom to gaiety as the vibrant and optimistic Franklin D. Roosevelt (John Anderson) and his wife, Eleanor (Eileen Heckart), settle in. FDR and Lillian, both victims of polio, establish a close bond. The friendly atmosphere encouraged by the Roosevelts is shattered by the attack on Pearl Harbor. As the U.S. enters World War II, the White House becomes a fortress with armed soldiers stationed throughout.
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