Drama series, starring Brenda Vaccaro as a school teacher who has left a dreary and predictable existence in the east to become the teacher for the frontier town of Independence, Colorado. "Sara" premiered on February 13, 1976. In this series, Brenda Vaccaro starred as Sara Yarnell, a 19th-century frontier schoolteacher. "Sara," based on a novel "The Revolt of Sarah Perkins" by Marian Cockrell, concerns an Eastern teacher seeking new life in a frontier mining town. Contrary to everything the townspeople expect from their school marm, she wages a continual personal battle to maintain her own independence while struggling to build a school in a town where education is considered a frill. Ms. Vaccaro, an Emmy Award-winning actress, is known to be a rather feisty nonconformist. This looked like a tailor-made role for her, and she just had the right mixture of sparkle and spunk to make it click.
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An old prospector dies and leaves Sara half of his gold mine and his feisty, 14 year old granddaughter.
Following the death of an old prospector, Sara discovers that he has left her half of his "gold" mine, and his feisty, 14-year-old granddaughter. Dan Haller directed from a script by Pietra Mazza. Sara tries to convince her fiercely independent ward to give up her plan to continue working the mine, but finds that it takes much more than a reasonable argument to sway the strong-willed girl.
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: Can an overbearing young woman from Philadelphia find happiness as a school teacher in the little western town of Independence, Colorado?
Brenda Vaccaro, husky voiced and frizzy-haired, plays Sara Yarnell, a Philadelphia girl who answers a newspaper advertisement for a school teacher and takes off for Independence, Colorado Territory, in 1870.
The three school board members who picked her, sight unseen, had hoped for someone more docile — one, in fact, also hoped for someone more conventionally attractive.
None of them figured she would demand all sort of improvements — new readers and privies, for instance — and would defy them and the town sentiment by taking into the class a half Indian little girl, Hannah (Patricia Ganem), as lovely looking a child as you'll ever hope to see.
Trouble erupts, as the children boycott the one-room schoolhouse, with one boy saying, "I ain't got to stay here with no half breed." The schoolhouse is burned down, and in the long run classes resume outdoors. The little Indian wins the acceptance of her classmates, if not their parents.
For the future, it's easy to see where the love interest will lie. Sara obviously will have two beaux — the understanding young newspaper editor
played by Albert Stratton, who looks as if he'll develop into "good old Martin", and Bert Kramer as Emmett Ferguson, landowning young school board member who is single and highly available, even though Sara isn't his conventional idea of what a
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