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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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)
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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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Best Mini Series Ever
26 July 2005 | by (Franklin, OH) – See all my reviews

This mini-series needs to be shown in all schools as well as homes during family viewing.

This was one of the BEST shows ever done and I can not wait until November when it gets released on DVD.

It would be nice to have commentaries by the actors who are still living included in the set.

After this series, there never has been another one that is even close to the class of Backstairs at the White House. This series was so fantastic on so many levels and yet, you never got bored ... on the contrary, you couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.


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