Dolley Madison


Called America's "first" First Lady, Dolley Madison was the wife to 4th President James Madison. PBS - American Experience has a documentary feature on this lady who helped shape the Washington in its early years.

"Dolley Madison lived through the two wars that established the U.S., was friends with the first 12 Presidents, and watched America evolve from a struggling young republic to the first modern democracy in the world. She was nicknamed “Queen Dolley,” and when she died in 1849 at the age of 81 — one of the last remaining members of the founding generation — Washington City honored her with the largest state funeral the capital had ever seen for a woman."...read more

This 90-minute Documentary features Tony Award nominee Eve Best as Dolley and Tony Winner Jefferson Mays as James Madison. It will air as part of the American Experience series on March 1, 2010.

There's also a neat photo gallery of other First Ladies...

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4 comments:

  1. The director turned out to be a friend of my uncle's, and he invited me come down to Virginia to be a costumed extra (since I could provide my own costume) but, alas, I was unavailable for the dates they were shooting!

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  2. I loved watching Laura Linney as Abigail Adams, and I'm sure I'll love getting to know Dolley Madison. Thanks for the preview.

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  3. Dolley is one of my favorite first ladies. Looking forward to seeing this.

    Glad to see something from this period of American history.

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  4. Ms. VG, That would have been such a neat experience! Too bad you couldn't partake :(

    Jane and Christy, it does sound interesting, doesn't it? I love to hear about women at that time in history!

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