A profile of comic actor Don Knotts, whose roles have ranged from lovable sidekick Barney Fife in "The Andy Griffith Show" to swinging landlord Ralph Furley in "Three's Company." Included are comments from John Ritter, Andy Griffith, Steve Allen and TV GUIDE critic Matt Roush.
A history of the Fonda acting dynasty profiles Henry Fonda, his children Jane and Peter, and grandchildren Bridget Fonda and Troy Garity. The bio includes comments from all three generations and examines their film careers and personal lives. Also commenting: Robert Redford; Sydney Pollack; Richard Dreyfuss; Jon Voight; Lily Tomlin; and Ron Howard.
Recalling the career of Yvonne De Carlo, best known for her role as Peggy Munster. The Canadian-born actress worked in Hollywood as a dancer before getting big-ticket film roles in "The Ten Commandments" and "Band of Angels." Included: comments from Robert Stack.
A profile of actress Carolyn Jones, best known for her role as Morticia Addams on the TV series "The Addams Family". Among those commenting: actors John Astin and Lisa Loring; TV GUIDE critic Matt Roush.
Actor Roddy McDowall (1928-98) is profiled. Included: McDowall's Hollywood career; his reputation as a discreet confidant; and his work as a photographer and film-preservation activist. Interviewed: Maureen O'Hara; Charlton Heston; Kim Hunter; Carol Burnett; and his sister, Virginia McDowall.
Henry Fonda (1905-82) is profiled. Interviewed: Fonda's widow, Shirlee; his children Jane and Peter; director Mark Rydell ("On Golden Pond"); and colleagues Anthony Quinn and Roddy McDowall. Clips include "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Mister Roberts."
A documentary about Shirley MacLaine recalls her show-business beginnings and her fairy-tale big break as an understudy in "Pajama Game"; her involvement with politics and successful forays into writing; and how she revived a faltering career with "The Turning Point" and "Terms of Endearment." Among those commenting are Carrie Fisher and Jack Lemmon.
Lon Chaney Jr., the son of Hollywood's "Man of a Thousand Faces," whose own face was transformed in such horror roles as "The Mummy" and "The Wolf Man," is profiled. Chaney got his career break in the 1939 film adaptation of "Of Mice and Men." Interviewed: actress Beverly Garland.
Recalling the life and mysterious death of actor Bob Crane (1928-78), who was found murdered in his Arizona apartment. Included: his careers as a disc jockey and comedic actor; his secret interest in filming pornography.
The life of war hero and actor Audie Murphy is chronicled from his impoverished Texas childhood to his famed military exploits and days as a leading man in Hollywood. Also: Murphy's struggles with gambling and post-traumatic stress disorder.
A profile of Boris Karloff includes clips from "Frankenstein" (1931) and "The Body Snatcher" (1945). Also: comments from Karloff's friends, family and costars, including Roddy McDowall, Anna Lee, Carol Burnett and Bela Lugosi Jr.
A look back at the history and evolution of the comic-book character Catwoman in TV and films. Included: interviews with actresses who portrayed the character, such as Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt. Also commenting: Adam West.
Documenting the life of Doris Duke, the woman who, at age 12, inherited $100 million and the warning "Trust no one" from her tobacco-baron father. Interviewees include her personal astrologer Nischintya, friend Claus Von Bulow and relatives.
Recalling the life of Frank Sinatra, from his rise as a heartthrob in the late 1930s and '40s to Oscar-winning actor and music superstar. Interviewed: Henry Mancini; Richard Attenborough; Vic Damone; Cleo Laine; Jimmy Breslin.