Backstairs at the White House

1979, TV Show

This nine-hour miniseries views the lives of eight Presidents through the eyes of their staff. The story is based on a book by Lillian Rogers Parks and Frances Spatz Leighton. The star-studded production covers the administrations of William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

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Part 4 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).

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Part 1 William Howard Taft 1909-1913 Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921 Maggie Rogers (Olivia Cole) becomes a maid at the White House and is quickly consumed by the demands of the job. She is intimidated by the opulence and grandeur and by the demanding head housekeeper, Mrs. Jaffray (Cloris Leachman), who reminds Maggie that she is the first black woman to be allowed to serve in the family living quarters. Maggie cares for Mrs. Taft (Julie Harris) when the First lady is felled by a stroke. She is moved by the grief of President Wilson (Robert Vaughn) as the death of his first wife (Kim Hunter) and by Wilson's own struggle to hold the office after a stroke.

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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.

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Premiered: 1979, on NBC
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Premise: This nine-hour miniseries views the lives of eight Presidents through the eyes of their staff. The story is based on a book by Lillian Rogers Parks and Frances Spatz Leighton. The star-studded production covers the administrations of William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

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