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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Gilhooley 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Andrew Duggan played Dwight David Eisenhower in J. Edgar Hoover (1987). See more »

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Best Mini Series Ever
26 July 2005 | by tswillsSee 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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