This American Experience film is a 90-minute portrait of the woman who transformed the previously undefined role of the President’s wife and became America’s “first” First Lady. As the president’s wife, Dolley Madison created a uniquely American style—one that combined power with republican values. During one of the most bitterly divided periods in Washington, she encouraged political enemies to set aside their differences. Under Dolley Madison, the ill defined role of the President’s wife became a public position for the first time. Dolley Madison looks at both Dolley’s public achievements and at her often troubled private life
Dolley Madison features interviews with NPR senior news analyst and bestselling author Cokie Roberts, historian Catherine Allgor, presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, and more. A distinguished cast of actors includes Tony Award-nominee Eve Best as Dolley Madison and Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays as James Madison.
Dolley Madison is a production of tpt National Productions in association with Middlemarch Films.
Writer’s Guild of America Nominee
Funding provided by Land O’Lakes, Inc., National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Huss Foundation, Lucy Rosenberry Jones, The Scrooby Foundation, and Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
Additional funding provided by Richard Coyle Lilly Foundation, Richard and Nancy Nicholson, Nicholson Family Foundation, Mary Lee Dayton, Renata Winsor, Lee F. Meyer, Cynthia Szczepanski, Mary Bigelow McMillan, Margaret Wiley Carr, Constance K. Barkley, Tammis McMillan, Leila Poullada, Kitty Winsor Petit, National Society of Colonial Dames in Minnesota, Bonnie Lipe, Carolyn Short, Mary Young, Susan Dunnavan, Sarah Ross, Virginia Gerst, Virginia Munson and Anonymous Donors.
For more information visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/dolley/