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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Unsung Women who Changed America

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Mae West: Dirty Blonde


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

N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear


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

Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous


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

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage


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

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin


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

Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life


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