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“Hello Lyndon!” How Carol Channing Helped LBJ Win the Election

They were both accused, at times, of being corny caricatures, but as human beings the legendary President from Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson and Hollywood and Broadway actress Carol Channing were – and are (Channing recently turned 91) exuberant and enthusiastic… Read More ›

First Ladies & Actresses Who Played Them: Vote Your Favorite

Meryl Streep‘s portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has won her a nomination for Best Actress at tomorrow’s Academy Awards but the lack of any Oscar (or even Emmy) nomination for playing an American First Lady, however, doesn’t… Read More ›

Those Liberal Aristocrats Katharine Hepburn & Franklin D. Roosevelt

They were both unapologetically liberal Yankee aristocrats who used their cigarettes like theatrical props and delivered their crisp, taut opinions in the now-vanished “Mid-Atlantic accent,” that American upper-class tone popularly called “Locust Valley Lockjaw.” They were even distantly related through… Read More ›

Nancy Reagan & Gary Coleman…and Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck & Brooke Shields

She wasn’t the first First Lady to have worked as a professional actress,  but Nancy Reagan’s cameo appearance on the popular 80s television sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” (which actually ran from 1978 to 1986), starring as herself, made headlines. Appearing in… Read More ›

Harry Truman & Tallulah Bankhead Bond over Bourbon…and Civil Rights, Part II

In the weeks following Truman’s defeat of Dewey in the 1948 presidential election, the actress Tallulah Bankhead was hitting a pinnacle of national fame. Already renowned for her work on stage and film, her political role only increased her visibility…. Read More ›

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