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  • A&E
  • 60 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Biography is a documentary television series. Originally produced by CBS in 1962 and hosted by Mike Wallace, the A&E Network later re-ran it and has produced new episodes since 1987. The series has featured biographies on such people as Elvis Presley, Plácido Domingo, Pope John Paul II, Enrico Caruso, Diego Rivera, Mick Foley, Mao Zedong, and Queen Elizabeth II, and fictional characters like The Phantom, Superman, and Santa Claus. The program ended up profiling enough figures, that in 1999 A&E spun the program off into an entire network, The Biography Channel.

19 episodes

Special 2 Frank Zappa

  • no air date — 60 mins

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American composer, electric guitarist, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, electronic, orchestral, and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. This biography hosted by Peter Graves tries to touch on a portion of his life...

Special 6 Hitler And Stalin

  • no air date — 60 mins

Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He initiated World War II and oversaw fascist policies that resulted in millions of deaths. Joseph Stalin, the first general secretary of the Communist Party, took over after Vladimir Lenin's death and became the leader of the Soviet Union.

Special 8 Alien Intent

  • 2011-11-02T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

For those who feel that they've survived a close encounter with an extraterrestrial, questions linger and torment them long after the incident has ended: Who were these things? Where did they come from? Am I losing my mind? Why was I chosen? In this special, world-renowned UFO expert Whitley Strieber attempts to answer these questions, by helping those who are struggling to find closure from their haunting and seemingly very real personal encounters. Strieber, along with a network of leading scientists and researchers, tackle the UFO phenomenon on a human level, reaching out to those who have had paranormal experiences with an objective mindset and a determination to find the truth.

Special 11 Al Capone: Scarface

  • 1995-12-05T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

In the thrilling underworld of speakeasies, Tommy Guns and turf wars, Al Capone was the undisputed emperor of Chicago. Scarface was many things to many people a ruthless and vindictive murderer, a generous patron, and a wild and glamorous impresario. But to all, Capone is the most notorious gangster in American history. Follow his journey from the immigrant neighborhood of his youth to the glittering circles of Chicago's powerful elite with this in-depth program. Rare photographs, films and exclusive interviews paint an extraordinary portrait of the man who became the ultimate American anti-hero. And historians reveal how accountants brought down the ruler of a vast criminal empire. Learn the true story of the legendary gangster who will forever be known as Scarface.

Founding father John Adams and his wife, Abigail, made valuable contributions to budding U.S. independence; the second president played a key role in the American Revolution, the Constitutional Congress and the Constitution itself, while Abigail housed local militia during the revolution, and her many letters are now priceless historical documents. This biography tells their story through interviews with descendants, politicians and historians.

Special 14 Guns N Roses

  • no air date — 60 mins

Guns N' Roses are an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversy since its formation. Guns N' Roses have released five studio albums, two EPs, one live album, and three music video DVDs during its career. The band is currently working on the infamous album Chinese Democracy, which has been in production for over a decade. Once released, the album will be the first original recording from Guns N' Roses since the 1991 releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Guns N' Roses have sold an estimated 90 million albums worldwide, including 39 million in the United States.

Special 15 Lynda Carter

  • no air date — 60 mins

A look at the life and career of the ravishing actress who became a pop culture icon portraying TV's "Wonder Woman". But Lynda Carter had a long journey to stardom before transforming into the sexy super heroine who gave bad guys a lesson in girl power. She was a lounge singer and beauty queen before taking on the role of the comic book character. Now she's enjoying life as a D.C. power wife and loving mother. Loni Anderson and Kenny Rogers share their recollections of Carter.