Women Pioneers in Television: Biographies of Fifteen Industry Leaders

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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Nearly everyone is familiar with Lucille Ball's work on screen, but few realize her influence behind the scenes. Fewer still are aware that Judith Waller developed television's first all-education children's show, Ding Dong School.
Since its beginnings television has been heavily influenced by women, but their contributions are often overlooked in histories of the medium. In this work, the lives and careers of 15 women pioneers in television broadcasting (Mildred Freed Alberg, Ball, Gertrude Berg, Peggy Charren, Joan Ganz Cooney, Faye Emerson, Pauline Frederick, Dorothy Fuldheim, Betty Furness, Frieda Hennock, Lucy Jarvis, Ida Lupino, Irna Phillips, Waller, and Betty White) are covered. The focus is on their work in the medium, but there is also discussion of the obstacles they were forced to overcome to reach positions of influence in the industry.
  

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Contents

Foreword by Sally Jessy Raphael
1
Mildred Freed Alberg
9
Lucille Ball
21
Gertrude Berg
41
Peggy Charren
53
Joan Ganz Cooney
67
Faye Emerson
81
Pauline Frederick
93
Betty Furness
119
Frieda Hennock
135
Lucy Jarvis
149
Ida Lupino
165
Irna Phillips
181
Judith Waller
195
Betty White
207
Other Notable Women
223

Dorothy Fuldheim
105

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Cary is the archives director of the Museum of Broadcast Commuications at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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