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)
Bill Overton ...
 Doorman Jackson (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Butler Dixon (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Florence Harding (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Grace Coolidge (4 episodes, 1979)
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 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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 Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President Calvin Coolidge (4 episodes, 1979)
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 President Warren G. Harding (4 episodes, 1979)
Tom Scott ...
 Roach (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Moira (3 episodes, 1979)
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 Emmett Rogers Jr. / ... (3 episodes, 1979)
Helena Carroll ...
 First Maid Annie / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Louise Latham ...
 Housekeeper Nesbitt (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Chief Usher Crim (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Houseman Fraser (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Jaffray (2 episodes, 1979)
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 President William Howard Taft (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Ellen Wilson (4 episodes, 1979)
Diane Shalet ...
 Housekeeper Long / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Sen. Fall (2 episodes, 1979)
Gerry Black ...
 Prettyman (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Sevilla (2 episodes, 1979)
Lee Kessler ...
 Presidential Secretary / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Marged Wakeley ...
 Housekeeper Walker (1 episode, 1979)
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 Emmett Rogers Sr (1 episode, 1979)
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 Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Attorney General Harry Daugherty (1 episode, 1979)
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 President Woodrow Wilson (4 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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The classic miniseries about two remarkable women and the eight First Families they served

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29 January 1979 (USA)  »

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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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Fascinating insider's view of history
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent mini-series from the time when the major networks crafted them with care. Olivia Cole is very strong in the lead providing a through line for the stories of the many administrations she witnessed. A fascinating peek at the life behind the white pillars by people who were actually there. The stories of the lesser known president's and their families is a definite draw, the Roosevelt's are legendary of course but their tenure has been examined many times. The Coolidges and Trumans come across well the Hoovers do not. Lou Hoover in particular seemed to be a cold, autocratic iceberg. One of the great things about these shows is the opportunity to see so many great actors and actresses all in the same program and they all deliver good work. For history buffs this will be heaven.


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