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Backstairs at the White House (1979–1979)

TV Mini-series | 540 min | Drama, History

Behind the scenes at the White House during eight administrations, as told by the people who work there.
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Creators
Gwen Bagni (developed for television by) | Paul Dubov (developed for television by)
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Updated Jan 29, 1979

Release date (First episode)
Jan 29, 1979 (United States)

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77 cast members
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Olivia Cole
Maggie Rogers Maggie Rogers   See fewer
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Leslie Uggams
Lillian Rogers Parks Lillian Rogers Parks   See fewer
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Louis Gossett Jr.
Houseman Levi Mercer Houseman Levi Mercer   See fewer
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4
Robert Hooks
Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays / Chief Barber John Mays Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays / Chief Barber John Mays   See fewer
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4
Bill Overton
Doorman Jackson Doorman Jackson   See fewer
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4
David Downing
Butler Dixon Butler Dixon   See fewer
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4
Celeste Holm
Mrs. Florence Harding Mrs. Florence Harding   See fewer
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4
Lee Grant
Mrs. Grace Coolidge Mrs. Grace Coolidge   See fewer
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4
Larry Gates
President Herbert Hoover President Herbert Hoover   See fewer
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4
Jan Sterling
Mrs. Lou Hoover Mrs. Lou Hoover   See fewer
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4
Eileen Heckart
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt   See fewer
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John Anderson
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt President Franklin Delano Roosevelt   See fewer
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4
Harry Morgan
President Harry S. Truman President Harry S. Truman   See fewer
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Estelle Parsons
Mrs. Bess Truman Mrs. Bess Truman   See fewer
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Barbara Barrie
Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower   See fewer
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Andrew Duggan
President Dwight D. Eisenhower President Dwight D. Eisenhower   See fewer
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Leslie Nielsen
Ike Hoover / Chief Usher Ike Hoover Ike Hoover / Chief Usher Ike Hoover   See fewer
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Hari Rhodes
Butler Coates Butler Coates   See fewer
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3
Claire Bloom
Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson   See fewer
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Ed Flanders
President Calvin Coolidge President Calvin Coolidge   See fewer
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3
George Kennedy
President Warren G. Harding President Warren G. Harding   See fewer
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3
Tom Scott
Roach Roach   See fewer
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3
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3
Kevin Hooks
Emmett Rogers Jr. / Emmett Jr. Emmett Rogers Jr. / Emmett Jr.   See fewer
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3
Helena Carroll
First Maid Annie / First Maid Annie Gilhooley First Maid Annie / First Maid Annie Gilhooley   See fewer
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2
Louise Latham
Housekeeper Nesbitt Housekeeper Nesbitt   See fewer
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2
Richard Roat
Chief Usher Crim Chief Usher Crim   See fewer
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James A. Watson Jr.
Houseman Fraser Houseman Fraser   See fewer
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Cloris Leachman
Mrs. Jaffray Mrs. Jaffray   See fewer
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Victor Buono
President William Howard Taft President William Howard Taft   See fewer
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Kim Hunter
Mrs. Ellen Wilson Mrs. Ellen Wilson   See fewer
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Diane Shalet
Housekeeper Long / Mrs. Long Housekeeper Long / Mrs. Long   See fewer
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John Randolph
Sen. Fall Sen. Fall   See fewer
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Gerry Black
Prettyman Prettyman   See fewer
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Bebe Drake
Sevilla Sevilla   See fewer
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Lee Kessler
Presidential Secretary / Secretary Presidential Secretary / Secretary   See fewer
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Marged Wakeley
Housekeeper Walker Housekeeper Walker   See fewer
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Paul Winfield
Emmett Rogers Sr Emmett Rogers Sr   See fewer
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Julie Harris
Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft   See fewer
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Barry Sullivan
Attorney General Harry Daugherty Attorney General Harry Daugherty   See fewer
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Robert Vaughn
President Woodrow Wilson President Woodrow Wilson   See fewer
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Nancy Morgan
Margaret Truman Margaret Truman   See fewer
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Ann Doran
Ellen Truman Ellen Truman   See fewer
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Heather Angel
Mrs. Wallace Mrs. Wallace   See fewer
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Tania Johnson
Young Lillian Young Lillian   See fewer
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Harrison Page
Wheatley Parks Wheatley Parks   See fewer
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Bibi Besch
Marguerite 'Missy' LeHand Marguerite 'Missy' LeHand   See fewer
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Murphy Robinson
Young Emmett Young Emmett   See fewer
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James Crittenden
Roy Clayton Roy Clayton   See fewer
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Dana Wynter
Mrs. Colgate Mrs. Colgate   See fewer
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Woodrow Parfrey
Louis Howe Louis Howe   See fewer
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Anna Mathias
Maureen Maureen   See fewer
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Bill Quinn
Andrew Mellon Andrew Mellon   See fewer
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Tom Clancy
Alexander Woolcott Alexander Woolcott   See fewer
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Ron Kelly
Secret Service Secret Service   See fewer
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Harry Townes
Judge Jesse Smith Judge Jesse Smith   See fewer
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Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Luke Henry Luke Henry   See fewer
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Marilyn Chris
Diane Clare Diane Clare   See fewer
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Brendan Dillon
Kearney Kearney   See fewer
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Noble Willingham
Charles Cramer Charles Cramer   See fewer
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Joe Lowry
Michaels Michaels   See fewer
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Francis X. McCarthy
Charles Forbes Charles Forbes   See fewer
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Dan Mason
Dr. Irving Dr. Irving   See fewer
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Ford Rainey
Edwin N. Denby Edwin N. Denby   See fewer
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Gary Bordon
Charlie Taft Charlie Taft   See fewer
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Carson Sipes
Calvin Coolidge Jr. Calvin Coolidge Jr.   See fewer
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Bill Barrett
John Coolidge John Coolidge   See fewer
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Guy Christopher
Secret Service Secret Service   See fewer
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Ron Recasner
Veteran Veteran   See fewer
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Ramon Sison
Monico Lubao Monico Lubao   See fewer
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Ian Abercrombie
British Valet (uncredited) British Valet (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sara Ballantine
Woodrow Wilson's Daughter (uncredited) Woodrow Wilson's Daughter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gregory Itzin
White House Tour Guide (uncredited) White House Tour Guide (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pamela Munro
Margaret Wilson (uncredited) Margaret Wilson (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.3 / 10 | 372 votes