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"Great Performances" Uncommon Women... and Others (1979)

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Original Air Date:
20 June 1979 (Season 6, Episode 10)
While at an impromptu reunion lunch, five women reminisce and relive their college days at Mount Holyoke, and weigh their goals and aspirations against their lives. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jill Eikenberry ... Kate Quin
Ann McDonough ... Samantha Stewart
Alma Cuervo ... Holly Kaplan
Ellen Parker ... Muffet DiNicola

Swoosie Kurtz ... Rita Altabel
Josephine Nichols ... Mrs. Plumm
Cynthia Herman ... Susie Friend

Meryl Streep ... Leilah

Anna Levine ... Carter
Alexander Scourby ... Narrator (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Merrily Mossman 
Steven Robman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wendy Wasserstein  play
Wendy Wasserstein  screenplay

Produced by
Ann Blumenthal .... associate producer
Phylis Geller .... producer
Jac Venza .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Edythe Brownstein 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
James Tilton 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Makeup Department
Margaret Sunshine .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Philip F. Falcone .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Holmes .... lighting technician
Other crew
Bob Morris .... stage manager

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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USA:90 min
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The original stage cast reprised their roles except for Glenn Close. Meryl Streep went on to take over her role of Leilah.See more »
Muffet DiNicola:It's debilitating constantly seeing your worth in terms of someone else.See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Brilliance of Wendy Wasserstein!, 31 May 2008
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I miss Wendy Wasserstein, the playwright, who wrote feminist related plays. This play is probably my favorite starring Meryl Streep, Swoosie Kurtz, Jill Eikenberry, Ann McDonough, and Ellen Parker long before they were famous. Streep just won an Oscar. In this taped version of the stage play, the women of Mount Holyoke College talk about college life. I loved the interaction among the women. I wished that Wendy had lived because she really was the voice of women in this generation. This is not Sex and the City and thank God. These women are strong, intelligent, and independent. Almost 30 years later, Meryl Streep is one of America's greatest film actresses, Jill Eikenberry struck big with L.A. Law, Swoosie Kurtz is still on Broadway but also known for her appearances on television and film, and Ellen Parker won an Emmy for her role on Guiding Light. The story about these women characters reflected the women who played them.

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