Backstairs at the White House (1979)

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Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.

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 Maggie Rogers (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Lillian Rogers Parks (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Houseman Levi Mercer (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays / ... (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Doorman Jackson (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Butler Dixon (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President William Howard Taft (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President Woodrow Wilson (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Ellen Wilson (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Florence Harding (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President Warren G. Harding (4 episodes, 1979)
Ed Flanders ...
 President Calvin Coolidge (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Grace Coolidge (4 episodes, 1979)
Larry Gates ...
 President Herbert Hoover (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Lou Hoover (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President Harry S. Truman (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Bess Truman (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President Dwight D. Eisenhower (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Ike Hoover / ... (4 episodes, 1979)
Hari Rhodes ...
 Butler Coates (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Moira (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Emmett Rogers Jr. / ... (3 episodes, 1979)
Tom Scott ...
 Roach (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Jaffray (2 episodes, 1979)
Helena Carroll ...
 First Maid Annie / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Richard Roat ...
 Chief Usher Crim (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Houseman Fraser (2 episodes, 1979)
Diane Shalet ...
 Housekeeper Long / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Louise Latham ...
 Housekeeper Nesbitt (2 episodes, 1979)
Gerry Black ...
 Prettyman (2 episodes, 1979)
Bebe Drake ...
 Sevilla (2 episodes, 1979)
Lee Kessler ...
 Presidential Secretary / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Sen. Fall (2 episodes, 1979)
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No fewer than eight Presidential administrations--from Taft through Eisenhower--are examined through the eyes of the White House staff--maids, assistants, servants, doormen and other "menial" workers. The main character is Lillian Rogers Parks, a maid at the White House for three decades and the author of the non-fiction book upon which this miniseries is based. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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29 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Weißes Haus, Hintereingang  »

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Olivia Cole, who played the role of Maggie Rogers, is less than a year older than Leslie Uggams, who played the role of her adult daughter, Lillian Rogers Parks. In 'Roots' (1976), Leslie Uggams played Oliva Cole's mother-in-law. See more »

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This Series Takes No Back Stairs to Anything
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Outstanding. Superlative. Out of this world. No other words seem adequate regarding this magnificent series.

I am a retired social studies teacher. This series would have been so perfect for my grade 8 history students. It was so rich in history and personal emotions.

As far as the Emmy awards go,Backstairs should have tied with Roots for the best mini-series of the season.

The acting was outstanding. Robert Vaughn brought the perfect touch to Woodrow Wilson. Whoever thought that the character of Florence Harding, who died in 1924, under mysterious conditions was so interesting? Celeste Holm was simply memorable as Mrs. Harding. Eileen Heckart was memorable as Eleanor Roosevelt. Lee Grant brought the perfect touch to Grace Coolidge. Julie Harris set the tone as Nellie Taft.

Actresses Olivia Cole and Leslie Uggams, in a totally non-singing role, were just fabulous as the mother and daughter who worked for so many years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

This is another Best Years Of Our Lives.

We all realize the sacrifices that were made during the extremely informative period of history. We are also shown that the White House was a scene of constant tragedy mixed with a total triumph of the human spirit.

We need more series of this quality.


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