If Mary Todd Lincoln and Jacqueline Kennedy met, what would they discuss? Listen as Laura Keyes and Leslie Goddard bring Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy to life in an imagined meeting at the Smithsonian Museum’s First Ladies exhibition. Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy reminisce about living in the White House, negotiating the role of First Lady, and the challenges they endured after their husbands’ deaths. Laura Keyes (who portrays Mrs. Lincoln) and Leslie Goddard (who portrays Mrs. Kennedy) both have extensive experience in portraying these historic women.
Amelia Earhart. American aviator Amelia Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity. Her dazzling achievements include becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic ocean by airplane (1928) and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932). She set numerous speed and altitude records before disappearing mysteriously in 1937 during an attempted around-the-world flight. This program reviews her upbringing, the records she broke, and her tireless work to promote opportunities for women. Books: 20 Hrs., 40 Min. (1928); The Fun of It (1932) and Last Flight (1937, posthumous), all by Amelia Earhart
Bertha Palmer. Chicago
socialite, wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, and pace-setting arts
patron, Bertha Palmer is best remembered for her Impressionist collection, now
at the Art Institute of Chicago. But the glamorous Mrs. Palmer has her own
fascinating story. As shrewd as she was stylish, Palmer helped recoup her
husband's lost fortune after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. At the World's
Columbian Exposition of 1893, she served as hostess to the world. Intelligent
and witty, the intriguing Mrs. Palmer still compels attention.
Titanic Stewardess Violet Jessop. Stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and then, several years later, the sinking of the Britannic (Titanic’s virtually identical sister ship) during World War I. Clever and articulate, she tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the striking viewpoint of a crew member and gives a fascinating glimpse at life behind-the-scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day.
Book: Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessop, edited by John Maxtone-Graham (1998)
Jacqueline Kennedy. It is 1964, and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is besieged by sightseers around her house in Georgetown. As she deliberates what to do next, she shares the story of her life in the White House, including her struggle to retain her family’s privacy in the face of media onslaughts, her restoration work, and her attempts to showcase the arts. In a climactic revelation, she recounts her husband’s death and comes to heartfelt decision about how to begin a new life for herself and her children.
Jane Austen and Her Women
Estee Lauder. Estee Lauder (born Josephine Esther Menzer) launched her a beauty company using skin creams developed by her chemist uncle. She targeted beauty salons and high-end stores, eventually breaking into Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Youth-Dew beauty oil launched Estee Lauder, Inc., and her marketing innovations helped her company become a billion-dollar-a-year business. This program introduces the woman whose extraordinary sales ability, inventive marketing and tireless pursuit of excellence made her America’s wealthiest self-made woman.