They are the legendary women of television who strolled, sprinted, fought, laughed, cried and loved through worlds that took viewers to places past, present and future. They broke through barriers and glass ceilings to become much beloved and powerful television stars. Join 92Y as they share their compelling behind-the-scenes stories from their illustrious careers that are featured in PBS's Pioneers of Television. Alison Stewart moderates the discussion.
Angie Dickinson is an actress who proved strong women have a place on the small screen and the American workplace when she stepped into the iconic role of Pepper Anderson, an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, in the groundbreaking show "Police Woman." In the course of her career, Dickinson won a Golden Globe for her work on “Police Woman,” and she racked up several Emmy®
Linda Evans is an actress who got her big break co-starring with the legendary Barbara Stanwyck in the '60s hit western "The Big Valley" in the role of Audra Barkley. But Evans may be best known for her role as long-suffering heroine Krystal Carrington on the hit television series "Dynasty," working opposite co-star Joan Collins as on-screen rivals. Evans has been nominated for numerous awards in her career, including an Emmy.
Nichelle Nichols' most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in "Star Trek," which she starred in until the series ended in 1969. Following the end of the original series, Nichols
assisted NASA in recruiting females and minorities, including the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride. She is also a skilled songstress and dancer who toured with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands.
Stefanie Powers is best known as the star of ABC's hit "Hart to Hart." In addition to her international fame as Jennifer Hart, Powers was also the star of such TV series as "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Feather and Father Gang" and "Maggie." She is also president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, director
of the Mount Kenya Game Ranch, spokesperson for AVID Microchip Technology, and works with both the Cincinnati Zoo and Zoo Atlanta. Powers finished in the off-Broadway play Applause! and was signed to be hostess of the new cable channel Romance Classics. She has also worked on a series of PBS shows teaching women about finance called "Funding Your Dreams." Her latest movie project, Someone Is Watching, is in limited television release in Europe and the United States.
Alison Stewart is an American radio and television journalist. She was one of the hosts of the Bryant Park Project, a morning drive news program from NPR. Stewart first gained widespread visibility as a political correspondent for MTV News in the 1990s.
Nichelle Nichols, cast member of the original Star Trek series, recalls a surprise visit from her biggest fan, Martin Luther King Jr. She describes how Dr. King approached her when she was considering leaving the cast of Star Trek and convinced her to stay on the show because she represented a positive portrayal of African Americans on TV.
Art of representing a character on a stage or before a camera by means of movement, gesture, and intonation. Acting in the Western tradition originated in Greece in the 6th century BC; the tragedian Thespis is traditionally regarded as founder of the profession. Aristotle defined acting as the right management of the voice to express various emotions and declared it a natural gift that he doubted could be taught. Acting declined as an art in the Middle Ages, when Christian liturgical drama was performed by craft guilds and amateurs. Modern professional acting emerged in the 16th century with Italy's commedia dell'arte troupes. It flourished during the era of William Shakespeare. Not until the 18th century, however, was acting considered a profession to be taken seriously, through the efforts in England of the actor-manager David Garrick and the talents of actors such as Sarah Siddons, Edmund Kean, and Henry Irving. Modern acting styles have been influenced by Konstantin Stanislavsky's emphasis on the actor's identification with his role and by Bertolt Brecht's insistence on the objectivity and discipline of the actor. The Stanislavsky method was adopted in the U.S. by Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler (190192) and is the basis of most contemporary training, which features the cultivation of emotional and sense memory, physical and vocal training, and improvisation.
Electronic system for transmitting still or moving images and sound to receivers that project a view of the images on a picture tube or screen and recreate the sound. Early versions (190020) of the cathode-ray (picture) tube, methods of amplifying an electronic signal, and theoretical formulation of the electronic scanning principle later became the basis of modern TV. RCA demonstrated the first all-electronic TV in 1932. Cable TV systems (introduced in the late 1940s), colour TV (in the 1950s), and recording or playback machines (in the 1980s; seeVCR) followed. Digital high-definition (HDTV) systems (1990s) provide sharper, clearer pictures and sound with little interference or other imperfections and have the potential to merge TV functions with those of computers.