American Masters

Discover insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life.

Episodes

  • Joe Papp in Five Acts

    Papp, founder of Free Shakespeare in the Park, believed great art is for all.
  • Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha

    Jason Momoa narrates the story of five-time Olympic medalist and surfer Duke Kahanamoku.
  • Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

    Explore the life of the famous singer who became an icon for the civil rights movement.
  • Ailey

    The story of a visionary artist who found salvation through dance.
  • Becoming Helen Keller (Extended Audio Description Version)

    Revisit the remarkable career and life of an icon who became a human rights pioneer.
  • Becoming Helen Keller

    Revisit the remarkable career and life of an icon who became a human rights pioneer.
  • Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

    Explore the life and 70-year career of the iconic Latina actor, performer and activist.
  • Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away

    Dive into the career of the legendary blues guitarist.

Specials

  • Baayork Lee on becoming a Broadway star at age 5

    Baayork Lee discusses starring on Broadway at age 5 and working with Richard Rodgers.
  • I. M. Pei on sculpture

    I. M. Pei shares his thoughts on the relationship between sculpture and scale.
  • Gloria Steinem on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe

    Gloria Steinem talks about Marilyn Monroe in relation to the women's movement.
  • Laura Linney on mastering acting at Juilliard

    Laura Linney discusses her time at Juilliard and how it helped shape her as an actor.
  • Patti Smith on Lou Reed and rock and roll

    Patti Smith shares her thoughts on Lou Reed and the 70s rock and roll scene.
  • Dionne Warwick on Lena Horne and her musical influences

    Dionne Warwick discusses Lena Horne and her other musical influences.
  • Betty White talks about funny women in comedy history

    Betty White talks about funny women in comedy history like Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball.
  • Gloria Naylor on the American dream

    Gloria Naylor speaks about the American dream and Nella Larsen's "Passing."

About American Masters

American Masters, committed to producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.

Extras