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Season 1999 1999

  • 1999-09-09T00:00:00Z on A&E
  • 60 mins
  • 22 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.

31 episodes

1999x02 Fred Gywnne: More than a Munster

  • 1999-10-20T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Harry Smith narrates this account of the life and multifaceted career of Frederick Hubbard Gwynne.

Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Bryan Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her TV debut at the age of 19 in her father's 1950s playhouse series 'Robert Montgomery Presents'. She also tried her hand at Broadway, and 'Late Love' was her debut. She married at the age of 21, to TV director Frederic Cammann, but the marriage did not last. Her big screen break came with 'The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell' in 1955. In 1960, Elizabeth portrayed Rusty Heller, in an episode of 'The Untouchables', and was nominated for her first Emmy. In 1956, she met her second husband, actor Gig Young, fourteen years her senior and an abusive alcoholic. They were divorced in time for her to marry producer William Asher in 1963. Their union produced three children. Her most famous role was Samantha Stephens, the nose twitching sorceress married to a mortal. 'Bewitched' lasted eight seasons on ABC, and garnered the cast and crew many Emmy nominations and awards, five alone for Elizabeth. After 'Bewitched', Liz went on to make a number of TV movies. She portrayed Lizzie Borden in 'The Legend of Lizzie Borden', for which she received another Emmy nomination. Elizabeth Montgomery was not only a versatile television actress but also an AIDS and Gay Rights activist. She had very liberal political views and narrated a series of documentaries in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including 'Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair' (1988) and the Academy Award winning 'The Panama Deception' (1992). She died of cancer in May 1995. She passed away just eight weeks after her cancer diagnosis. Peter Graves (Host) Rebecca Asher William Asher Dominick Dunne Robert Foxworth Sandra Gould Elizabeth Montgomery Liz Sheridan

John Wayne Gacy is on record as the worst serial killer in United States history, with 33 victims.

In 1966, Richard Speck committed one of the most horrifying mass murders in American history when he brutalized and killed eight student nurses living on Chicago's South Side.

1999x07 Andre the Giant

  • 1999-01-14T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Documentary, released by the World Wrestling Federation, about the late wrestling superstar Andre the Giant, portraying his childhood in a small French village, his rise to fame as a professional wrestler, and his slow physical decline and eventual death in 1993. With commentaries by Vince McMahon, Classy Freddie Blassie, Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon, as well as Andre's brother and friends.

The life of the despotic communist ruler who rose from the poor fields of rural Romania to the luxurious heights of political power. From loved and respected leader, he turned into a despised tyrant, and his execution in 1989.

A&E Biography about life and times of the beautiful actress of the 40's and feature interview of her ex-husband, her second daughter and her co-star.

Recalling the life and film career of Linda Darnell (1921-65), whose talent and beauty gained her fame in films during the 1940s, but whose personal life was marred by alcoholism. Included are comments from daughter Lola.