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Backstairs at the White House

Episode #1.3 (Season 1, Episode 3)
TV Episode | Drama, History

The Depression hits even the White House, with pay cuts for the staff while Mrs. Hoover continues to entertain extravagantly. Maggie collapses but is unwilling to rest. A visitor captures Lillian's interest, leading to a quickie Virginia ...See moreThe Depression hits even the White House, with pay cuts for the staff while Mrs. Hoover continues to entertain extravagantly. Maggie collapses but is unwilling to rest. A visitor captures Lillian's interest, leading to a quickie Virginia wedding, but her new husband is unable to find a job and Lillian remains in her job. Maggie retires after 30 years of service, and Wheatley and Frasier both join the Army. Written by mama.sylvia See less
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Writers
Lillian Rogers Parks (book "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House") | Frances Spatz Leighton (book "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House") | Gwen Bagni (developed for television by) (teleplay) | Paul Dubov (developed for television by) (teleplay)
Cinematographer
Casting Directors
Jane Feinberg (as Fenton & Feinberg) | Mike Fenton (as Fenton & Feinberg)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Feb 12, 1979

Release date
Feb 12, 1979 (United States)

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43 cast members
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Leslie Uggams
Lillian Rogers Parks Lillian Rogers Parks   See fewer
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Olivia Cole
Maggie Rogers Maggie Rogers   See fewer
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Louis Gossett Jr.
Houseman Levi Mercer Houseman Levi Mercer   See fewer
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Robert Hooks
Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays Doorman and Presidential Barber John Mays   See fewer
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Leslie Nielsen
Chief Usher Ike Hoover Chief Usher Ike Hoover   See fewer
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Hari Rhodes
Butler Coates Butler Coates   See fewer
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Bill Overton
Doorman Jackson Doorman Jackson   See fewer
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David Downing
Butler Dixon Butler Dixon   See fewer
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James A. Watson Jr.
Houseman Fraser Houseman Fraser   See fewer
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Diane Shalet
Housekeeper Long Housekeeper Long   See fewer
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Richard Roat
Chief Usher Crim Chief Usher Crim   See fewer
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Louise Latham
Housekeeper Nesbitt Housekeeper Nesbitt   See fewer
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Julie Harris
Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft (archive footage) Mrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft (archive footage)   See fewer
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Victor Buono
President William Howard Taft (credit only) President William Howard Taft (credit only)   See fewer
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Robert Vaughn
President Woodrow Wilson (archive footage) President Woodrow Wilson (archive footage)   See fewer
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Kim Hunter
Mrs. Ellen Wilson (credit only) Mrs. Ellen Wilson (credit only)   See fewer
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Claire Bloom
Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson (credit only) Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson (credit only)   See fewer
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Celeste Holm
Mrs. Florence Harding (credit only) Mrs. Florence Harding (credit only)   See fewer
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George Kennedy
President Warren G. Harding (credit only) President Warren G. Harding (credit only)   See fewer
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Ed Flanders
President Calvin Coolidge (archive footage) President Calvin Coolidge (archive footage)   See fewer
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Lee Grant
Mrs. Grace Coolidge (credit only) Mrs. Grace Coolidge (credit only)   See fewer
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Larry Gates
President Herbert Hoover (credit only) President Herbert Hoover (credit only)   See fewer
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Jan Sterling
Mrs. Lou Hoover Mrs. Lou Hoover   See fewer
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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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Harry Morgan
President Harry S. Truman (credit only) President Harry S. Truman (credit only)   See fewer
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Estelle Parsons
Mrs. Bess Truman (credit only) Mrs. Bess Truman (credit only)   See fewer
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Barbara Barrie
Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower (credit only) Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower (credit only)   See fewer
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Andrew Duggan
President Dwight D. Eisenhower (credit only) President Dwight D. Eisenhower (credit only)   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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James Crittenden
Roy Clayton Roy Clayton   See fewer
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Woodrow Parfrey
Louis Howe Louis Howe   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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Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Luke Henry (as Stymie Beard) Luke Henry (as Stymie Beard)   See fewer
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Tom Scott
Roach Roach   See fewer
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Gerry Black
Prettyman Prettyman   See fewer
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Bebe Drake
Sevilla (as Bebe Drake-Hooks) Sevilla (as Bebe Drake-Hooks)   See fewer
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Guy Christopher
Secret Service Secret Service   See fewer
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Lee Kessler
Secretary Secretary   See fewer
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Ian Abercrombie
British Valet (uncredited) British Valet (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

8.3 / 10 | 6 votes