American Masters is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, American Masters is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.
Since its premiere in 1986, American Masters has been the only PBS primetime series committed to developing and producing comprehensive film biographies about the broad cast of characters who comprise our cultural history.
The illuminating film portraits chronicle the process of discovery and evolution in the working methods and lives of our most significant and influential writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, and filmmakers. (Source: PBS)
The show takes a look at the life of of tennis great Althea Gibson.
The story of the American Ballet Theatre, which was founded in 1940. Included: rehearsal footage; virtuoso performances; and remarks from such key figures as Alicia Alonso; current dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent; and artistic director Kevin McKenzie.