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.
lthough Charles Manson is notoriously connected to the brutal slayings of actress Sharon Tate and other Hollywood residents, he was never actually found guilty of committing the murders himself. However, he is still associated with several brutal slayings including the famous 'Tate-La Bianca' killings that have immortalized him as a living embodiment of evil. Images of his staring 'mad eyes' are still used today to illustrate countless serial-murder news stories. Together with Manson, The Family (his young, loyal drop-out disciples of murder) are thought to have carried out some 35 killings. Most were never tried, either for lack of evidence or because the perpetrators were already sentenced to life for the Tate/La Bianca killings. In May 2007 Manson was denied parole for the 11th time.
Trace the real-life drama behind a life that's as spectacular as any Hollywood movie. The many lives of Ronald Reagan--movie actor, TV star, governor, president--are explored in a personal journey from his boyhood to the Presidency.
An all-American saga born amidst the ruins of the American Civil War, a saga of a hundred-year-old war between two economic giants whose financial weight can be calculated in the billions.
A profile of Robert F. Kennedy recalls his childhood; his work in JFK's campaign and as Attorney General; his election to senator and his campaign for the Presidency; and his assassination in 1968. Among those commenting: Joseph Kennedy II; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Robert Kennedy Jr.; JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen; and biographer Laurence Leamer.
Starting in the 19th century, the lives of the famous Broadway and Hollywood Barrymore family are described in this biography. Significant time is given to siblings Lionel, Ethel and John Barrymore...but also continuing to the present time with Drew Barrymore.
The behind-the-scenes story of the creation and evolution of the hilarious sitcom that took a fresh look at family relationships.
Musician Carlos Santana is profiled.