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Tupperware! 

This is about the origins of Tupperware in Massachusetts.

Director:

Laurie Kahn (as Laurie Kahn-Leavitt)

Writers:

Laurie Kahn (as Laurie Kahn-Leavitt), Laurie Kahn (as Laurie Kahn-Leavitt)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Kathy Bates ... Narrator (voice)
Karen MacDonald ... Brownie Wise (voice)
Will Le Bow Will Le Bow ... Earl Tupper (voice)
Brownie Wise Brownie Wise ... Herself (archive footage)
Brownie Wise Brownie Wise ... Herself (archive footage)
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Tupperware! tells the remarkable story of Earl Silas Tupper, an ambitious but reclusive small-town inventor, and Brownie Wise, the self-taught sales-woman who built him an empire out of bowls that burped. Brownie was an intuitive marketing genius who trained a small army of Tupperware Ladies to put on Tupperware parties in living rooms across America in the 1950s. She rewarded her sales force with minks and modern appliances at extravagant annual jubilees which the company filmed. her saleswomen earned thousands, even millions, selling Tupperware. And the experience changed their lives. Written by Laurie Kahn

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Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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First Rate Documentary
28 January 2006 | by nobody23See all my reviews

I found this while browsing PBS' offerings form Netflix. It sounded so crazy had to view it.

Oh boy, is it interesting! Not only from the business angle, but from the social as well. The snapshots and videos of the earliest Tupperware parties show the ladies are dressed *beautifully*, a far cry from the grudging obligation such events are today. Also Brownie Wise's clothing was always so much better than any so-called career dressing seen in department stores today.

Sorry to digress on the fashion angle. It's a fascinating study of both business and culture in the 1950s and 1960s.

(I just wish I could have seen it in Savannah as did the earlier poster -- beautiful city!)


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