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Author Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.

Title When women invented television : the untold story of the female powerhouses who pioneered the way we watch today / Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  791.4509 ARM    DUE 08-19-21
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  791.4509 ARM    DUE 08-17-21
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Edition First edition.
Description xviii, 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-322) and index.
Contents Introduction: Bold claims -- Yoo-hoo, Gertrude Berg! -- Predicament, villainy, and female suffering -- Women's realm -- A holy terror -- One of us -- What are you going to do about your girl? -- Aren't you ashamed? -- A note of sadness -- Dramatic pause -- Black and white and red -- The scourge of 1955 -- The world turns.
Summary When television arrived, few radio moguls were interested in the upstart industry and its tiny production budgets. Four women-- each an independent visionary-- saw an opportunity. Irna Phillips turned real-life tragedy into daytime serials featuring female dominated casts. Gertrude Berg turned her radio show into a Jewish family comedy that spawned a play, a musical, an advice column, a line of house dresses, and other products. Hazel Scott, already a renowned musician, was the first African American to host a national evening variety program. Betty White became a daytime talk show fan favorite and one of the first women to produce, write, and star in her own show. Armstrong shows how their stories chronicle a forgotten chapter in the history of television and popular culture-- until the rise of the House Un-American Activities Committee. -- adapted from jacket
Subject Television and women -- History.
Women in television broadcasting -- History.
Women in television broadcasting -- United States -- Biography.
Phillips, Irna, 1901-1973.
Berg, Gertrude, 1899-1966.
Scott, Hazel.
White, Betty, 1922-
Genre/Form Annals and chronicles.
ISBN 9780062973306 (hardcover)
0062973304 (hardcover)

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