Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century: Five People Who Made a Difference (2001)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government, Social History  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Block

Documentary film maven David L. Wolper returns to the scene with a ten-part series profiling 50 international icons of the 20th century. In part one, he presents five "people who made a difference." Helen Keller, despite being deaf and blind from infancy, persevered through incredible odds to emerge as a respected scholar, writer, and speaker, an inspiration to millions. Eleanor Roosevelt was the country's widely respected and first publicly lauded First Lady, who as the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a champion of human rights as well as a published writer This I Remember) and delegate to the United Nations. Jackie Robinson broke through major league baseball's color barrier as the first black player in the history of the game, spending nine seasons as a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers before ending up in the Hall of Fame. Mother Teresa was born in Albania but spent her life as a nun in India dedicated to ending the suffering of that country's poor and starving masses. She won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in 1979. And finally, the video pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., who was the founder of the American civil rights movement and urged the country to end racism through peaceful speeches, demonstrations, and marches. He won a Nobel Peace Prize before being assassinated in 1968.



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