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Season 6, Episode 22 Imelda

First Aired: May 10, 2005

“Imelda,” a snarky profile of the widow of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos told mostly by Marcos herself. The personality that emerges is charming but awesomely egotistical, perhaps self-deluded. And certainly well shod. Snide clips (George Hamilton crooning, “I can't give you anything but love, Imelda,” for example) alternate with a sober review of the Marcos regime, which was toppled in 1986. And “when they went through my closets they found shoes,” Imelda says, “not skeletons.”

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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