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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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It


Explore the life and 70-year career of the iconic Latina actor, performer and activist.

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Lights, Camera, Acción


Celebrate the incredible impact Latinos have made in Hollywood — past, present and future.

William Dorsey Swann: The first "Queen of Drag"


Born into slavery, Swann was the first known person to identify as a “Queen of Drag.”

Crystal Labeija: The Queen Who Reinvented Ball Culture


Crystal was a proud Black trans woman, a drag mother and, a pageant girl.

Jean Malin: Queen of the Pansies


Jean Malin was one of the first openly gay performers in the Prohibition era.

Flawless Sabrina: Queer Icon and Star of 'The Queen'


She was an artist, activist, gay mother and mentor to hundreds of queer youth.

Joan Jett Blakk: The drag queen who ran for president


She ran for president in lipstick, heels and eyeshadow.