Backstairs at the White House
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|Backstairs at the White House|
|Opening theme||Morton Stevens|
|Ending theme||Morton Stevens|
|Composer(s)||Morton Stevens (all parts)|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Original release||January 29, 1979|
Backstairs at the White House is a 1979 NBC television miniseries based on the book My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House by Lillian Rogers Parks (with Frances Spatz Leighton). The series, produced by Ed Friendly Productions, is the story of behind-the-scenes workings of the White House and the relationship between the staff and the First Families.
This mini-series was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards in 31st Primetime Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up (Mark Bussan, Tommy Cole and Ron Walters) and nominated for Outstanding Limited Series (Ed Friendly, Executive Producer; Ed Friendly, Producer; Michael O'Herlihy, Producer), Best Actress (Olivia Cole), Best Actor (Louis Gossett Jr.), Best Supporting Actress (both Eileen Heckart and Celeste Holm), Best Supporting Actor (both Ed Flanders and Robert Vaughn), Outstanding Teleplay (Part 1) (Gwen Bagni and Paul Dubov), Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration (Part 1) (Richard Y. Haman, Art Director; Anne D. McCulley, Set Decorator), and Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling (Susan Germaine, Lola Kemp and Vivian McAteer).
The series was notable for its all-star cast: Leslie Uggams starred as Lillian Rogers Parks and Olivia Cole played her mother Maggie Rogers. Other White House staffers were played by Louis Gossett, Jr., Robert Hooks, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Nielsen, and Hari Rhodes. The first episode featured Paul Winfield as Emmett Rogers Sr.
The mini-series was released by Acorn Media on Region 1 DVD on 1 November 2005.
- William Howard Taft - Victor Buono
- Helen (Nellie) Taft - Julie Harris
- Woodrow Wilson - Robert Vaughn
- Ellen Axson Wilson - Kim Hunter
- Edith Bolling Galt Wilson - Claire Bloom
- Warren G. Harding - George Kennedy
- Florence Harding - Celeste Holm
- Calvin Coolidge - Ed Flanders
- Grace Coolidge - Lee Grant
- Herbert Hoover - Larry Gates
- Lou Hoover - Jan Sterling
- Franklin D. Roosevelt - John Anderson
- Eleanor Roosevelt - Eileen Heckart
- Harry S. Truman - Harry Morgan
- Bess Truman - Estelle Parsons
- Dwight D. Eisenhower - Andrew Duggan
- Mamie Eisenhower - Barbara Barrie