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Backstairs at the White House 

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

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Gwen Bagni, Paul Dubov
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1979  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Olivia Cole ...  Maggie Rogers 4 episodes, 1979
Leslie Uggams ...  Lillian Rogers Parks 4 episodes, 1979
Louis Gossett Jr. ...  Houseman Levi Mercer 4 episodes, 1979
Robert Hooks ...  Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays / ... 4 episodes, 1979
Bill Overton Bill Overton ...  Doorman Jackson 4 episodes, 1979
David Downing ...  Butler Dixon 4 episodes, 1979
Celeste Holm ...  Mrs. Florence Harding 4 episodes, 1979
Lee Grant ...  Mrs. Grace Coolidge 4 episodes, 1979
Larry Gates ...  President Herbert Hoover 4 episodes, 1979
Jan Sterling ...  Mrs. Lou Hoover 4 episodes, 1979
Eileen Heckart ...  Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt 4 episodes, 1979
John Anderson ...  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 4 episodes, 1979
Harry Morgan ...  President Harry S. Truman 4 episodes, 1979
Estelle Parsons ...  Mrs. Bess Truman 4 episodes, 1979
Barbara Barrie ...  Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower 4 episodes, 1979
Andrew Duggan ...  President Dwight D. Eisenhower 4 episodes, 1979
Leslie Nielsen ...  Ike Hoover / ... 4 episodes, 1979
Hari Rhodes ...  Butler Coates 3 episodes, 1979
Claire Bloom ...  Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson 4 episodes, 1979
Ed Flanders ...  President Calvin Coolidge 4 episodes, 1979
George Kennedy ...  President Warren G. Harding 4 episodes, 1979
Tom Scott Tom Scott ...  Roach 3 episodes, 1979
Kathleen Doyle ...  Moira 3 episodes, 1979
Kevin Hooks ...  Emmett Rogers Jr. / ... 3 episodes, 1979
Helena Carroll Helena Carroll ...  First Maid Annie / ... 2 episodes, 1979
Louise Latham ...  Housekeeper Nesbitt 2 episodes, 1979
Richard Roat ...  Chief Usher Crim 2 episodes, 1979
James A. Watson Jr. ...  Houseman Fraser 2 episodes, 1979
Cloris Leachman ...  Mrs. Jaffray 2 episodes, 1979
Victor Buono ...  President William Howard Taft 4 episodes, 1979
Kim Hunter ...  Mrs. Ellen Wilson 4 episodes, 1979
Diane Shalet Diane Shalet ...  Housekeeper Long / ... 2 episodes, 1979
John Randolph ...  Sen. Fall 2 episodes, 1979
Gerry Black Gerry Black ...  Prettyman 2 episodes, 1979
Bebe Drake ...  Sevilla 2 episodes, 1979
Lee Kessler Lee Kessler ...  Presidential Secretary / ... 2 episodes, 1979
Marged Wakeley Marged Wakeley ...  Housekeeper Walker 1 episode, 1979
Paul Winfield ...  Emmett Rogers Sr 1 episode, 1979
Julie Harris ...  Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft 4 episodes, 1979
Barry Sullivan ...  Attorney General Harry Daugherty 1 episode, 1979
Robert Vaughn ...  President Woodrow Wilson 4 episodes, 1979
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Storyline

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

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weißes Haus, Hintereingang See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ed Friendly Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Andrew Duggan played Dwight David Eisenhower in J. Edgar Hoover (1987). See more »

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Priceless!
5 November 2005 | by Willwatson41971See all my reviews

Believe it or not, I just called Borders on a whim, and they actually had a copy. I ran down, bought it, and watched the whole thing that same night. This miniseries was even better than I had remembered. (Of course, I was 9 or so the first time, and watched it with my mommy.) Younger viewers, such as my roommate, have a difficult time looking past the sets, which don't look anything like "The West Wing", but I quickly began to ignore him, and just sat there and soaked it all in.

I feel like there could have been a better attempt to clean up the film from the original airing, but it still was absolutely enjoyable.

All in all, worth the seven and a half hours I spent in front of the TV last Tuesday night!!


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