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



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
 Maggie Rogers 4 episodes, 1979
 Lillian Rogers Parks 4 episodes, 1979
 Houseman Levi Mercer 4 episodes, 1979
 Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays / ... 4 episodes, 1979
Bill Overton ...
 Doorman Jackson 4 episodes, 1979
 Butler Dixon 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Florence Harding 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Grace Coolidge 4 episodes, 1979
 President Herbert Hoover 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Lou Hoover 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt 4 episodes, 1979
 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 4 episodes, 1979
 President Harry S. Truman 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Bess Truman 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower 4 episodes, 1979
 President Dwight D. Eisenhower 4 episodes, 1979
 Ike Hoover / ... 4 episodes, 1979
 Butler Coates 3 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson 4 episodes, 1979
 President Calvin Coolidge 4 episodes, 1979
 President Warren G. Harding 4 episodes, 1979
Tom Scott ...
 Emmett Rogers Jr. / ... 3 episodes, 1979
Helena Carroll ...
 First Maid Annie / ... 2 episodes, 1979
Louise Latham ...
 Housekeeper Nesbitt 2 episodes, 1979
 Chief Usher Crim 2 episodes, 1979
 Houseman Fraser 2 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Jaffray 2 episodes, 1979
 President William Howard Taft 4 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Ellen Wilson 4 episodes, 1979
Diane Shalet ...
 Housekeeper Long / ... 2 episodes, 1979
 Sen. Fall 2 episodes, 1979
Gerry Black ...
 Prettyman 2 episodes, 1979
Lee Kessler ...
 Presidential Secretary / ... 2 episodes, 1979
Marged Wakeley ...
 Housekeeper Walker 1 episode, 1979
 Emmett Rogers Sr 1 episode, 1979
 Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft 4 episodes, 1979
 Attorney General Harry Daugherty 1 episode, 1979
 President Woodrow Wilson 4 episodes, 1979


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 <>

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The classic miniseries about two remarkable women and the eight First Families they served


Drama | History





Release Date:

29 January 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Weißes Haus, Hintereingang  »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Finally available on DVD!
2 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think I lost this the first time.

I am so delighted that this terrific mini series is finally available.

My mother gave the the book that it is based on many years ago. The mini is quite faithful to that book. (By the way),unless i am mistaken, Lillian Rogers Parks lived to be almost 100 years old, and was a consultant on the film.

This series has one of the best ensemble cast ever assembled. Leslie Uggams and Olivia Cole as Lillian and Maggie are superb, although Uggams may be too tall...Remember Lillian was crippled by polio at a very young age, and was less than 5 feet tall, but why quibble. Robert Hooks and Louis Gossett are great as Maggie and Lillian's friends, Mays and Mercer.

The Presidents and their first ladies represent the best from Television, film and Broadway. One of the best sequences in the film involves Calvin Coolidge(well played by Ed Flanders)taking on the head housekeeper, Mrs Jaffray( A wonderful Cloris Leachman.. shades of Frau Blucher!), when she attempts to tell everyone to stop tracking up "her" floor(They are trying to shore up the roof). President Coolidge says, "Mrs Jaffray, wouldn't you be happier in Buckingham Palace??

Julie Harris as Nellie Taft is splendid in this film,especially when Maggie and President Taft(A rotund Victor Buono) help her learn to speak after a stroke. Also effective are Celeste Holm and George Kennedy as the Hardings.(Can we say scandal). Estelle Parsons, Harry Morgan and Nancy Morgan are also in top form. Robert Vaughn and Claire Bloom are very effective as the Wilsons.

Because they come along late in the story, Andrew Duggand and Barbara Barrie seem to get short shrift as the Eisenhowers.

(In a recent episode of the Food Channel's White House, reference is made to serving hotdogs to the British Royal family. According to Lillian, this really did happen at is a humorous bit when she tells the visiting royalty's staff.... you just try one with all the fixin's.

An excellent history lesson very well played out by a brilliant cast!

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