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Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg -- A documentary on television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, principal writer, and star of "The Goldbergs," a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television's very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry.

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10 July 2009 (USA) See more »
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"The Most Famous Woman in America You've Never Heard Of"
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The story of the actress, writer, and broadcasting pioneer Gertrude Berg. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gertrude Berg ... Herself (archive footage)
Lewis Berg ... Himself (archive footage)

Sara Chase ... Laura (voice)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... Herself
Viola Harris ... Herself

Norman Lear ... Himself
Madeline Lee ... Herself (as Madeline Guilford)
Arlene McQuade ... Herself

Margaret Nagle ... Herself
Susan Stamberg ... Herself
Betty Walker ... Mrs. Bertha Kramer (archive footage)
Roberta Wallach ... Effie (voice)
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Directed by
Aviva Kempner 
 
Produced by
Aviva Kempner .... producer
Leah Ramsay .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Learan Kahanov 
Tom Kaufman 
 
Film Editing by
Judith Herbert 
 
Sound Department
Billy Johnson .... sound mixer
Roger Phenix .... production sound mixer
Skip SoRelle .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Boni .... additional photographer
David Waldman .... cinematographer: Los Angeles unit
David Wexler .... gaffer: additional
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Sclafani .... post-production coordinator
 
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Charlotte Hendrix .... line producer
 

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The contributions of an early pioneer, 17 November 2010
Author: Michael Fargo from San Francisco

The intense rush of nostalgia that Aviva Kempner's film floods the audience with is carefully interrupted with well-placed--though brief--darker sides of the facets of Gertrude Berg's extraordinarily unique life. For instance, we're shown the close relationship with her mother in earlier years, but later told a more troubling aspect which adds depth but never spoils Berg's optimism that was such a hallmark in her material.

This technique is constantly employed and keeps us engaged with one exception: The McCarthy era is given a longer sequence into how the Red Channel affected those in Berg's circle and brought shame to a country that ironically also provided opportunity to many mentioned in the film, many of whom were broken beyond repair by rumor and suspicion.

There's generous archival footage that covers the entirety of Berg's life, and reminds us of her contribution not only to early radio and television, but of a rare driven talent that can still touch us today. We're fortunate this film was made when it was since some of the original cast and friends and colleagues provide primary source material. This is a warm and loving portrait that also touches on difficulties most pioneers face.

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