or


[08/01/11 - 08:47 AM]
"Gloria: In Her Own Words," Celebrating Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem, Debuts Aug. 15, Exclusively on HBO
Peter Kunhardt directed and produced the film, the final installment in the network's summer documentary series.

[via press release from HBO]

"GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS," CELEBRATING FEMINIST ICON GLORIA STEINEM, DEBUTS AUG. 15, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

She was a feminist at a time when many dismissed women's rights as a joke. She chose not to marry in an era when women were wives and mothers. And she did it all with wit, style and grace.

An intimate biographical portrait of Gloria Steinem, an enduring feminist icon for more than 40 years, GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS profiles a crusader whose singular focus has been the fight for women's equal rights in the U.S. and around the world. Combining recent and archival interviews that showcase her compassion and sharp sense of humor, the film debuts MONDAY, AUG. 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 15 (5:15 a.m.), 18 (10:00 a.m.), 20 (2:00 p.m.), 23 (1:15 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 28 (5:15 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 17 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (10:00 a.m.)

GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS wraps up the latest HBO Documentary Films summer series. Other August films include: "Koran by Heart" (Aug. 1) and "Superheroes" (Aug. 8).

Despite decades of opposition from the right, and recent personal setbacks, Gloria Steinem remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women's movement today. Produced and directed by Emmy(R)-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt (HBO's "JFK: In His Own Words" and "Teddy: In His Own Words"), GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS blends interviews of Steinem in her Manhattan apartment, archival footage, photographs from throughout her life and clips from press interviews over the years. Among those interviewing Steinem in the film are Barbara Walters, Helen Gurley Brown, Phil Donahue and Larry King. The documentary also features archival footage of such prominent women's movement figures as National Organization for Women (NOW) co-founder Betty Friedan, congresswoman Bella Abzug and civil rights advocate Flo Kennedy.

GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS chronicles Steinem's emergence as a driving force in the modern women's liberation movement. She recalls beginning her career as a journalist in New York City in the early 1960s and making headlines with an expose on the working conditions of Playboy Bunnies, noting, "I learned what's it's like to be hung on a meat hook."

Having had an abortion at age 22 (which she kept secret at the time), Steinem's political awakening accelerated when she covered an abortion hearing for New York Magazine in 1969 and learned of the horrifying and humiliating experiences women endured attempting to exercise their right to reproductive freedom. She began to seek out everything she could find on the burgeoning women's movement and helped lead the nationwide Women's Strike for Equality march on Aug. 26, 1970, the 50th anniversary of the enactment of women's suffrage. It was, Steinem notes, "the first time in my life, and I think for many other women too, that we marched for ourselves."

Since then, Steinem has been ever-present on the front lines of social activism, co-founding Ms. Magazine, where she continues to serve as a consulting editor, in 1972, despite media speculation about the publication's viability. She recalls that at the time "there was nothing for women to read that was controlled by women."

Steinem became the public face of the women's rights movement, participating in marches, making media appearances and also weathering the inevitable backlash, feeling she had to work twice as hard to not be judged by her looks. Indeed, Steinem would become almost as well-known for her distinct style as for her political activism, remembering that her streaked blonde locks were inspired by the character Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Her signature aviator glasses were about concealment, she reveals, saying, "The bigger they were, the more I felt I could hide behind them."

GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS also explores Steinem's early days. Born in 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, she studied tap dance as a child and watched her mother give up a career as a journalist to have children. Her parents had a rocky marriage and ultimately divorced. Steinem, who attended Smith College, wonders whether devoting so much of her time and energy to the women's movement was a way to avoid the kind of suffering her mother experienced.

The film also looks at the challenges Steinem has faced in later years. Diagnosed with breast cancer soon after turning 50, she underwent surgery and radiation. "The cancer served a real purpose, making me a little bit more conscious of time," she observes. Taking a break from public life after decades of traveling nonstop, Steinem "hit bottom" and began to look internally, writing the self-esteem book "Revolution from Within" in the early '90s. Interviewed at the time, she noted, "Being a social activist can be a drug that keeps you from going back and looking at yourself." And after decades of remaining single, she married entrepreneur David Bale - father of actor Christian Bale - in 2000, but he died after they had been married just over three years.

GLORIA: IN HER OWN WORDS is produced by Peter Kunhardt and Sheila Nevins; directed by Peter Kunhardt; editing and graphic design by Phillip Schopper; original music by Michael Bacon. For Kunhardt McGee Productions: executive producer, Dyllan McGee. For HBO: supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover.





  [august 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/30/16 - 09:15 AM]
Cinemax Drama Series "Quarry" Debuts Sept. 9
Logan Marshall-Green stars as Mac Conway, aka Quarry, who is trying to readapt to normal society after Vietnam.

[07/30/16 - 09:14 AM]
HBO Announces Documentary Lineup for the Second Half of 2016
Kent Jones, Marc Levin, Daphne Pinkerson, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Jon Alpert are among the featured auspices.

[07/30/16 - 09:13 AM]
HBO to Make Entire Run of Landmark Series "The Larry Sanders Show" Available Starting in September
HBO completed the deal to present the entire run of the acclaimed series on March 23, 2016, the day before Shandling's untimely passing.

[07/30/16 - 09:12 AM]
HBO Renews "Real Time with Bill Maher" Through 2018
Currently averaging 4.4 million viewers, "Real Time" is enjoying its most-watched season since the show's 2003 debut season.

[07/30/16 - 09:11 AM]
Comedy Series "Insecure," Created by and Starring Issa Rae, Debuts Oct. 9, Exclusively on HBO
Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show, which explores the black female experience in an unclich├ęd and authentic way.

[07/30/16 - 09:10 AM]
Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to HBO in the New Comedy Series "Divorce," Debuting Oct. 9
Thomas Haden Church stars as Robert, Frances' (Parker) husband, who is struggling to cope with their marriage falling apart.

[07/30/16 - 09:09 AM]
Drama Series "Westworld" Debuts Oct. 2 on HBO
The series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture "Westworld," written and directed by Michael Crichton.

[07/30/16 - 08:59 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Share Demo Crown
"Dateline NBC" and "Primetime: What Would You Do?" lead the night among adults 18-49.

[07/29/16 - 01:46 PM]
Vice President Joe Biden to Appear on "Law & Order: SVU"
The Vice President will appear as himself in a press conference scene where he commends the SVU, led by Lt. Olivia Benson, for their work in addressing the national rape kit backlog, specifically in the city of Detroit.

[07/29/16 - 01:37 PM]
2.5 Million Watch "Hell on Wheels" Drive Its Last Spike
AMC further spins the numbers for Saturday, July 23.

[07/29/16 - 01:03 PM]
National Geographic Channel Greenlights Global Scripted Event Series Based on Martha Raddatz's New York Times Best-Seller, "The Long Road Home"
Screenwriter Mikko Alanne ("The 33") is adapting and also executive producing this epic story of survival for television.

[07/29/16 - 01:02 PM]
National Geographic Channel, Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia Redefine Television Storytelling with "Mars" - An Unprecedented Global Event Series
The project premieres on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this November.

[07/29/16 - 01:01 PM]
USA Network Sets "Chrisley Knows Best" Mid-Season Return for Tuesday, August 23 with Two New Back-to-Back Episodes
The network previously extended the current season, bringing the total to 26 episodes, and has already announced a pick up for a Season 5, set to air next year.

[07/29/16 - 12:12 PM]
Animal Planet Celebrates "World Lion Day" with a Marathon of Lion Programming on August 10
Highlights include the all-new special "Clash of Africa's Giants," which gives audiences a look inside the lives of one of Africa's growing prides on a quest for survival.

[07/29/16 - 11:45 AM]
FOX Orders Second Season of Competition Series "American Grit"
Season two is currently casting the next group of men and women who are ready to find their inner strength and transform their lives for the better.