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.
The artist's works are among the world's most-treasured masterpieces today, but they were almost completely ignored in his lifetime.
A portrait of the legendary actor whose portrayals of rugged, straight-shooting men made him an American icon. Charlton Heston, Ron Howard, and Patricia Neal, among others, offer their remembrances of "Duke".
Here is the story of the fast-food giant who waited 65 years before he hit it big. For the first 65 years of his life, he bounced from job to job, trying to make ends meet. It was only after he collected his first social security check that he found the secret to success. Colonel Sanders' face is one of the most recognizable commercial icons in the world. Yet few people know the story of the man behind the chicken franchise. BIOGRAPHY® interviews his two daughters and official biographer to tell the rags-to-riches story of the country boy from Indiana. Family photos show him in the days before he became famous, behind the counter of the 6-seat dining room attached to a gas station where he perfected his blend of 11 herbs and spices. Discover how a fire launched him on the road to riches, and how he built an empire of 600 stores in just a decade. But even then, some of his old poor luck stayed with him when he sold the business, he opted for a $40,000 annual salary for life rather than stock options! Fellow fast-food maven Dave Thomas who cut his teeth at KFC helps tell the story of America's Chicken King.
David Berkowitz was a serial killer active in the 1970s in New York City and was known by the name Son of Sam.
Gangster Baby Face Nelson.
For almost a century their fabled dynasty and tragic fate has been enveloped in myth and surrounded by mystery. Now, with the opening of the former Soviet Union, the true story of Nicholas and Alexandra can be told. This groundbreaking production, filmed on location throughout the former Soviet Union and Europe, presents a treasure trove of information and documents that have been kept secret for decades. Intimate diaries, letters and personal effects from the once-sealed imperial archives tell the astonishing story of the Romanovs' reign. Chilling eyewitness accounts, testimony from executioners, and a somber exhumation finally put to rest the enigma of their dynasty's horrifying end. Stunning, fact-filled and grand, this is the ultimate chronicle of a romance that changed the world.
Her greatest success came after she won a starring role in a new series called 'Charlie's Angels'. Farrah Fawcett-Majors became a household name as the sexy blonde, Jill Munroe. 'Charlie's Angels' was a huge success but Farrah became a phenomenon.
The Personification of Evil holds a mysterious appeal: a fascinating charisma that draws the curious, as well as admirers and even zealous devotees. What is the nature of the Beast, where did he come from and what role does this complex figure play in the eternal human drama? From the Biblical tale of the Fall to stories of those who believe they have crossed his path, A&E Biography takes a journey through the "life" of Satan. Scholars, historical experts, and theologians examine classic paintings, academic texts, and modern movies for a look at the many ways Satan has been portrayed throughout the centuries.
Great Britain's Elizabeth II is profiled. Born in 1926, the Queen has served as the United Kingdom's constitutional monarch since 1952. Included: highlights of her reign and her reaction to problems within the Royal Family; interviews with friends and associates.
Profiling former Soviet Union premier Mikhail Gorbachev, whose glasnost policies led to the collapse of the USSR and his replacement by Boris Yeltsin.
A&E's long-running biography series takes a look at one of the 20th century's most emblematic figures, Ernest Hemingway. Through a collection of still photography, narration by granddaughter Mariel Hemingway, commentary from author A.E. Hotchner and publisher Charles Scribner, and readings from Hemingway's writing (including personal letters and unpublished works) by Scott Glenn, the film takes us from the man's Midwestern childhood roots up through the tragic suicide that serves as a bittersweet exclamation on what is otherwise considered to be a life of profound accomplishment.
A profile of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) covers his unhappy childhood, musical output, political sympathies and failed romances. Interviewed: Isaac Stern, Kurt Masur and Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Profile of legendary performer and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Born on December 26, 1893, in Shaoshan, Hunan Province, China, Mao Tse-tung served as chairman of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1959, and led the Chinese Communist Party from 1935 until his death. Mao's "Great Leap Forward" and the Cultural Revolution were ill-conceived and had disastrous consequences, but many of his goals, including stressing China's self-reliance, were generally laudable.