Estelle Parsons

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her nearly two-hour Archive interview, Actress Estelle Parsons speaks about her pioneering efforts as the first woman political reporter on television for the Today show. She reminisces about Today's early years and working with the show's principals, including anchor Dave Garroway. She talks about her move from behind the camera to her appearances on features for Today, which included book reviews and interviews. She talks about her recurring role as "Bev Harris," Roseanne's mother, on the hit ABC sitcom Roseanne. Finally, she comments on her work at the famed "Actors Studio." Karen Herman conducted the interview in New York City on July 26, 2002.

"I just care that I be a good person and that I follow my impulses in my life."

Highlights
Estelle Parsons on working on the Today show; and being a "Today girl"
23:14
Estelle Parsons on being hired as a producer and commentator for Today
06:07
Estelle Parsons briefly on appearing on All in the Family
01:16
Estelle Parsons on her role as Beverly on Roseanne
16:54
Estelle Parsons on hosting the series Mothers By Daughters
01:38
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years and influences; on her earliest memories of television; on being hired as a commentator for Today
On Dave Garroway being hired for Today, and on the show going live; on going in front of the camera on Today; on how she was treated as a woman on the Today set

Chapter 2

On working on the Today show
On joining The Actors Studio

Chapter 3

On her work in the theatre; on appearing in the Bonnie and Clyde feature film
On her television work including All in the Family, Backstairs at the White House, and Mothers By Daughters
On her role as Beverly on Roseanne

Chapter 4

On her advice to aspiring actors; on the characteristics of a good director; on Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio; on how she'll be remembered
Shows

All in the Family

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Estelle Parsons briefly on appearing on All in the Family
01:16

Backstairs at the White House

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Estelle Parsons on playing Bess Truman in Backstairs at the White House
01:46

Mothers By Daughters

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Estelle Parsons on hosting the series Mothers By Daughters
01:38

Roseanne

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Estelle Parsons on her role as Beverly on Roseanne
16:54

Today

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Estelle Parsons on being hired as a producer and commentator for Today
06:07
Estelle Parsons on Dave Garroway being hired for Today, and on the show going live
06:16
Estelle Parsons on going in front of the camera on Today
03:20
Estelle Parsons on how she was treated as a woman on the Today set
01:34
Estelle Parsons on working on the Today show; and being a "Today girl"
23:14
Genres

News and Documentary

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Estelle Parsons on being a producer and commentator on Today
17:17
People

Dave Garroway

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Estelle Parsons on Dave Garroway being hired for Today, and on the show going live
06:16

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