They seemed to have it all - glamour, power, wealth and adoration. Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Indira Gandhi, Madame Chiang Kai Shek... they were worshipped, loved and sometimes even feared by millions the world over. These were the pioneers who showed that a woman could be the equal of any man. But behind the public success, there was so often private heartache and personal tragedy. Featuring archive, interviews and dramatic re-enactment, this series reveals the price these extraordinary women paid for their achievements. Yet in the end, they overcame all adversities to emerge as triumphant, inspirational icons of the 20th Century.
Extraordinary Women Previous Broadcasts
Martha Gellhorn (Episode #105Z)
KQED 9: Tue, Aug 25, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
Martha Gellhorn became a war correspondent almost by accident when her lover, Ernest Hemingway, urged her to file a report from Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. She wrote about the innocent victims of the war: the civilians who lived in daily fear of being killed by bombs. It was the beginning of a remarkable career spanning some 60 years.
Until Martha entered the field, war reporting was dominated by male journalists but, through her fearlessness and dedication, she earned a place at the top. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she was motivated to write - not about tactics and statistics - but about the devastating effects of war on the lives of civilians. It was a theme she carried from Spain throughout WWII, to Vietnam and, much later, to America's wars in Guatemala and Panama. But Martha's success came at great cost to her personal life.
- KQED 9: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 -- 5:00 AM
Hedy Lamarr (Episode #108H)
KQED 9: Sat, Aug 1, 2015 -- 6:00 PM
With her smoldering femme fatale looks, Austrian Hedy Lamarr was known as the most beautiful woman in film. She was also one of the most controversial. Hedvig Kiesler, as she was born, launched her film career by performing cinema's very first nude scenes. Released in 1932, 'Ecstasy', in which she played the central role, 'Eva', shocked audiences and brought condemnation from critics across the world - it was banned in Germany, in America and by even the Pope. Her notoriety continued as she travelled from Europe to Hollywood. Although she would star in a string of box office hits, such as Cecil B Demille's sumptuous Technicolor extravaganza 'Samson and Delilah', her endless pursuit of love and stability led to 6 disastrous, high-profile marriages. And her desperate struggle to combine career and motherhood led to her rejecting her children. Then, as her looks faded so did her career. She resorted to drastic plastic surgery and found a new way to make headlines - shoplifting.
- KQED 9: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 -- 1:30 PM
- KQED Life: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 -- 9:00 PM