‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ to premiere on PBS’ ‘American Masters’

‘Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It’ to premiere on PBS’ ‘American Masters’

The film features interviews with Gloria Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally, Karen Olivo, as well as Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are also executive producers on the project.

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PBS celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment with home release of ‘American Experience: The Vote’

PBS celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment with home release of ‘American Experience: The Vote’

Directed by Michelle Ferrari, “The Vote” tells the dramatic story of the epic and surprisingly unfamiliar crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement’s final decade, the film charts American women’s determined march to the ballot box and illuminates the myriad social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in their path.

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‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

‘American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers’ to premiere Friday on PBS as part of women’s suffrage centennial

The women highlighted in “American Masters – Unladylike2020: The Changemakers” are Martha Hughes Cannon, the country’s first female state senator; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; Jovita Idar, a journalist and president of the first Mexican American women’s civil rights organization; and Zitkála-Šá, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights, and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago.

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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to make PBS debut on ‘American Masters’ June 23

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ to make PBS debut on ‘American Masters’ June 23

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” is one of the “American Masters” documentaries premiering this summer as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

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First Asian American movie star Anna May Wong featured in PBS’ ‘American Masters – Unladylike2020’

First Asian American movie star Anna May Wong featured in PBS’ ‘American Masters – Unladylike2020’

Born in Los Angeles to second generation Chinese Americans, Wong was the first Asian American female movie star. Her long and varied career spanned silent and sound film, stage, radio and television, in an era when Chinese protagonists in Hollywood movies were typically performed by white actors in yellow face.

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Annette Bening to receive AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award

Annette Bening to receive AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award

She joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees, including Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

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Movie review: A lifelong Oklahoman’s take on the Sundance documentary ‘Oklahoma City’

Movie review: A lifelong Oklahoman’s take on the Sundance documentary ‘Oklahoma City’

It may be heartrending and stomach-churning to watch, especially for Oklahoma natives and residents like me, but the new PBS documentary “Oklahoma City” is timely and vital viewing. The harrowing film, which made its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival, does more than just recap the destruction wrought by Timothy McVeigh’s truck bomb.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

THE WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: RIP Mary Tyler Moore; Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Lily Tomlin honored; Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’

The WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: Remember Mary Tyler Moore, Octavia Spencer and Lily Tomlin receive honors, Kristin Chenoweth praises ‘Lion’ for its treatment of adoption, and Kerry Washington urges courage at Sundance.

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