They are the legendary women of television who strolled, sprinted, fought, laughed, cried and loved through worlds that took viewers to places past, present and future. They broke through barriers and glass ceilings to become much beloved and powerful television stars. Join 92Y as they share their compelling behind-the-scenes stories from their illustrious careers that are featured in PBS's Pioneers of Television. Alison Stewart moderates the discussion.
Angie Dickinson is an actress who proved strong women have a place on the small screen and the American workplace when she stepped into the iconic role of Pepper Anderson, an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, in the groundbreaking show "Police Woman." In the course of her career, Dickinson won a Golden Globe for her work on “Police Woman,” and she racked up several Emmy®
Linda Evans is an actress who got her big break co-starring with the legendary Barbara Stanwyck in the '60s hit western "The Big Valley" in the role of Audra Barkley. But Evans may be best known for her role as long-suffering heroine Krystal Carrington on the hit television series "Dynasty," working opposite co-star Joan Collins as on-screen rivals. Evans has been nominated for numerous awards in her career, including an Emmy.
Nichelle Nichols' most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in "Star Trek," which she starred in until the series ended in 1969. Following the end of the original series, Nichols
assisted NASA in recruiting females and minorities, including the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride. She is also a skilled songstress and dancer who toured with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands.
Stefanie Powers is best known as the star of ABC's hit "Hart to Hart." In addition to her international fame as Jennifer Hart, Powers was also the star of such TV series as "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Feather and Father Gang" and "Maggie." She is also president of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, director
of the Mount Kenya Game Ranch, spokesperson for AVID Microchip Technology, and works with both the Cincinnati Zoo and Zoo Atlanta. Powers finished in the off-Broadway play Applause! and was signed to be hostess of the new cable channel Romance Classics. She has also worked on a series of PBS shows teaching women about finance called "Funding Your Dreams." Her latest movie project, Someone Is Watching, is in limited television release in Europe and the United States.
Alison Stewart is an American radio and television journalist. She was one of the hosts of the Bryant Park Project, a morning drive news program from NPR. Stewart first gained widespread visibility as a political correspondent for MTV News in the 1990s.
Nichelle Nichols, cast member of the original Star Trek series, recalls a surprise visit from her biggest fan, Martin Luther King Jr. She describes how Dr. King approached her when she was considering leaving the cast of Star Trek and convinced her to stay on the show because she represented a positive portrayal of African Americans on TV.