Celebrity

Burt Bacharach’s Best

 

This program celebrates legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach. Host Robert Wagner introduces archival performances by the original artists who made Bacharach’s music famous, including Dionne Warwick (“Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer”), B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”), The Carpenters (“Close to You”), The Fifth Dimension (“One Less Bell to Answer”), Dusty Springfield (“The Look of Love”), Herb Alpert (“This Guy’s in Love With You”) and many more.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
James Beard

 

Experience a century of food through the life of iconic chef James Beard (1903-1985). A cookbook author, journalist and teacher, Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business it is today. He hosted the first cooking show on television in 1946, was a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement and introduced Julia Child to New York.

 

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Julia Child

AMERICAN MASTERS: Julia Child

 

Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public TV series, “The French Chef,” in 1963.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
The Trials of Muhammad Ali

 

This documentary covers Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn his five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. The film traces a formative period in Ali’s life, one unknown to young people and neglected by those who remember him as a boxer but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage. When Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, he found himself caught up in conflicts concerning civil rights, religion and wartime dissent. This film focuses on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.

 

Robin Williams Remembered:
A Pioneers of Television Special

 

This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews, and includes never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, and clips from throughout his career. Featured interviews include remembrances from Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Still, Jimmie Walker and many others.

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Muhammad Ali

 

This biographical profile uses Muhammad Ali’s most memorable quotes to frame his life story. Follow Ali’s path from his birth as Cassius Clay, through his boxing successes, his conversion to Islam, his opposition to the draft, his exile from the ring, his comeback fights, his battle with Parkinson’s disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

 

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Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

 

For the first time, the American Masters series profiles a magician: the inimitable Ricky Jay, considered one of the world’s greatest conjurers, capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief in even the most jaded of audiences. He is also a best-selling author, historian, actor and a leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts.

Narrated by Dick Cavett, the film weaves together new interviews with Jay, his friends and collaborators, including writer/director David Mamet, and performance footage from his one-man shows and TV appearances, among them a hilarious turn with Steve Martin on Dinah Shore’s 1970s program.

 

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Joan Rivers, A Piece of Work

 

A tribute to the late Joan Rivers, this documentary is a year-long ride with legendary comedian, filmed in 2010 in her 76th year of life. The film peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the comedy business.