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.
Peter Graves narrates this account of the life and career of Vancouver, British Columbia native Peggy Middleton, who takes her middle name and her mother's maiden name to defy the odds to become the lovely actress, dancer, singer and author Yvonne DeCarlo.
A Biography of Al Lewis, actor and activist best known for his portrayal of Grandpa in the 60's TV show The Munsters.
Portrait of the 1960s queen of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll who died of a drug overdose at age 27, just two years after her first album went gold. Here is the truth about Joplin's wild living, her years of drinking, touring, and hard work, and her search for love, fame, and the perfect voice.
Documents released since the fall of the Soviet Union shed new light on one of the most controversial and influential figures of the century.
His was a face made for monuments, and a life worthy of them. He was arguably more responsible for transforming America into an international power than anyone else. John J. Pershing started his career as an Indian fighter on the frontier. He ended it as the greatest war hero America had ever seen. In between was enough triumph and tragedy for several lives. This searching profile pieces together a portrait of an ambitious, driven man haunted by a searing tragedy--the loss of his wife and three daughters killed in a fire. Military historians detail how he transformed a tiny, 128,000-man force into an army of four million men, and then led it to victory in the greatest battle America had ever fought--the Meuse Argonne offensive in October 1918. That Pershing was no tactical genius is clear, but his crude force made up in numbers what they lacked in strategy.
For nearly 2,000 years, she was believed to be a prostitute who repented and became a disciple of Jesus. But we reveal the truth about Mary that is finally emerging. In interviews, scholars tell us that she was almost certainly not a prostitute, but a wealthy woman whose support helped early Christianity to survive.
Profile of the popular actor now starring in the hit TV show Modern Family. Early on, O'Neill's career was a series of "almosts." He almost became an NFL linebacker, and he was almost cast as Sam on Cheers, but Ted Danson got the job. O'Neill finally broke through when he landed the role of the obnoxious but lovable Al Bundy on Married...with Children. Now he's a solid success with countless TV shows and films under his belt.
The first president to be born after WWII, he represented the strength and energy of a new generation. Although his term was marred by personal scandal and controversy, Bill Clinton managed to salvage his reputation and his career. BIOGRAPHY® presents an intimate portrait of the charismatic leader, drawing on extensive interviews with friends and family-including his mother and biographer-and archival photographs and clips. Learn about his childhood in Hope, Arkansas, and trace his political career, from an influential handshake with JFK to the presidency. Follow Clinton through his Oxford days, Vietnam War protests, and his relationship with Hillary Rodham. Personal problems plagued Clinton throughout his career, but he managed to battle through, showing strength, dignity, and determination. BILL CLINTON: HOPE, CHARISMA & CONTROVERSY offers an inside-look at one of the most ambitious and resilient men in politics.
A profile of American aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-74) examines his historic solo flight to Paris in 1927; the tragic death of his eldest son; and Lindbergh's public disgrace after making anti-Semitic remarks during World War II.
A profile of British archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939), who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt in 1922 after searching in the desert for 30 years.
Profiling Jim Jones (1931-78), founder of the People's Temple. Included: the orchestration of the mass suicide that claimed 912 followers in November 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana.
Czar Peter the Great brings science, culture and tyranny to Russia.
The question continues to be raised: what happened to Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa after his release from prison in 1975, when President Nixon commuted Hoffa's sentence? His disappearance decades ago led to reports that he was murdered; others claim to have seen him in foreign lands, living under a new identity. This program investigates the facts surrounding Hoffa's disappearance and looks at his life before he went to prison. Long the object of criminal investigations. Hoffa had many ties to the Mafia. Archival news footage chronicles his controversial public life. Interviews with family, friends, and colleagues paint an altogether different picture of the missing man.
A biography of Bob Dylan
Stephen King's stories terrify readers and movie fans worldwide.
Here are the facts--just the facts--about the actor who became a TV legend with his portrayal of no-nonsense detective Joe Friday on "Dragnet". We look behind the badge to profile a workaholic whose love of Crown Royal was legendary; a perfectionist whose temper moved others to succeed; and a versatile producer and director who created "Adam-12" and "Emergency!" Martin Milner, Stephen J. Cannell, who wrote for Webb, and third wife Jackie Webb Schweitzer are interviewed.
Robert Redford has dazzled movie audiences for nearly 40 years-yet his love of privacy and low-key demeanor have made him an uncommonly mysterious figure.
A profile of country legend Buck Owens (1929-2006) recalls his tough childhood in Texas and his involvement in the evolution of country music in Bakersfield, California.
Actor Leslie Nielsen is profiled in a documentary that recalls the many facets of his career, from the serious side (in films like “The Poseidon Adventure”) to the comic (in the “Naked Gun” films). Included are comments from pals Robert Stack and Priscilla Presley.