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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1979
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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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. 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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Drama | History

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29 January 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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A great miniseries that presents a panorama of history
18 December 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Spanning fifty years and eight administrations, -Backstairs at the White House- is the story of the servants, mainly Americans of African descent, who work behind the scenes in the most famous household in the land. The story centers around two maids, mother Maggie and daughter Lillian, who literally spend their lives cleaning, polishing, and mending for the ever-changing employers. Their stories, intermingled with those of the other permanent staff as well as the first family, run the gamut from warmth, high comedy, to deep tragedy, with surprising moments of humanity glimpsed even through those who are most aloof. Like -Roots-, this miniseries is a glimpse at a long span of Americana rarely shown and mostly forgotten, rendered with intelligence, warmth, dignity, and a sense of character that are all too rare on television these days. If you can't see the miniseries, get Bagni/Dubov tie-in novel. It is well worth it.


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