American Masters

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

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Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Lenore Hecht Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers.

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Mae West: Dirty Blonde

01:23:32

Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking entertainer Mae West.

N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear

01:23:06

Delve into the enigmatic life of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday

Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous

53:11

Discover the art world giant whose color fields changed art history and now fetch millions

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage

01:23:32

Explore a versatile Puerto Rican actor whose work on stage & screen shook the world.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

53:25

Explore the legacy of the feminist author who transformed U.S. literature with her science

Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life

01:22:18

Explore four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally's work in theater.