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American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

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American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire is the first big-picture exploration of the...
Produced by Reframed Pictures in association with American Masters, the new documentary...
Every great cook secretly believes in the power of food. Alice Waters just believes this...
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female singer to date, Loretta Lynn has...
King tells her story in the new documentary American Masters – Carole King: Natural Woman...
Her photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the...
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya...
Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new...
This is the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem...
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues...
One of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s, Fats Domino and his record...
Today’s American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist...
Explore the inner life and works of the activist, playwright and author of A Raisin in...
Best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem “The Raven,” Poe’s stories are...
Explore the entertainer’s life with unprecedented access to his personal archives...
Bing Crosby (1903-1977) was the most popular and influential multi-media star of the...
Co-founder of The Paris Review, George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a fascinated journalist...
Hear My Train A Comin’, directed by Bob Smeaton, traces the legendary guitarist’s...
Descubre la vida de Pedro E. Guerrero, un mexico-americano nacido y criado en Mesa, AZ,...
Discover the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (Sept. 5, 1917-Sept. 13,...
Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong was America’s oldest living Chinese...
Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway...
For the first time, American Masters profiles a sports figure, Billie Jean King: a...
Slacker. Indie filmmaker. Oscar nominee. Writer, director, producer, actor Richard...
Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and...
With unprecedented access to Lear, his work and his massive personal archives, American...
Ric Burns’ documentary on the 75-year history of the preeminent ballet company combines...
Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929–2000) was a star ballerina with the New York City Ballet who...
Jacques Pépin’s story is a tale even his legions of devoted fans may not be familiar with...
Julia was a larger-than-life figure who revolutionized the way that Americans ate, talked...
Patsy Cline defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart?wrenching...
Prolific and versatile filmmaker Sidney Lumet made 44 films in 50 years, earning the...
Meet one of America’s late, great directors, Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Angels in...
Frequently referred to as “the Mount Rushmore of country music,” The Highwaymen – Willie...
The broadcast features Amy Berg's never-before-seen extended film cut with additional...
One of the biggest American bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) was...
Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new...
Discover the story of legendary musician Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), the first truly...
This portrait of the inimitable magician Ricky Jay delves into the mysterious world of...
The baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world....
American Masters – Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work takes the audience on a year-long ride...
"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is the first film biography of writer and activist Alice...
Pete Seeger helped introduce America to its own musical heritage, devoting his life to...
“The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for "The Sting," "Sophie’s Choice"...
Hear My Train A Comin’ traces the legendary guitarist’s remarkable journey from his...
The life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist are recounted:...
American Masters explores the life and career of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-...
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar...
It's the life and times of The Joffrey Ballet -- the first quintessentially American...
Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this...
Carl Sandburg's life was like a tall tale. Yes, Sandburg was only a man. But, his words...
Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American...
Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado...
Margaret Mitchell was no ordinary writer. The one book she published in her lifetime -...
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a tribute to an unlikely American hero whose music is...
From 1941 to 1978, this husband-wife powerhouse brought unique talents to their...
Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant and winner of two...
For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of...
AMERICAN MASTERS provides an insider's view into how Levine transformed The Metropolitan...
Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/...
American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Troubadours: Carole King /...
Called "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived," this...
Admiral George S. Morrison and Anne Morrison-Chewning discuss Jim's career with The Doors
A profoundly enigmatic musical poet, there have been many documentaries about Glenn Gould...
The Grammy-winning bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez died in Coral Gables, Florida in March...
American Masters' documentary about the country music legend Merle Haggard, often called...
Following the breakup of the Beatles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in...
After 60 years in show business, Mel Brooks has earned more major awards than any other...

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