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Honor for children's television activist Peggy Charren

September 29, 1995

Peggy Charren, education advocate and founder of Action for Children's Television, received a Presidential Medal of Freedom acknowledging her almost three decades of advocacy.

Birth of entertainer Kitty Carlisle Hart

September 3, 1910

Actress, singer, game-show panelist, and arts advocate Kitty Carlisle Hart was born.

Puppeteer and TV star Shari Lewis dies

August 2, 1998

Children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, died.

Irna Phillips produces "The Guiding Light" on TV

June 30, 1952

"Guiding Light," created by Irna Phillips, debuted on television. It aired from 1952 to 2009, making it the longest-running daily television program.

Birth of multi-talented Ruth Hagy Brod

May 31, 1911

Birth in New York City of Ruth Hagy Brod, who would have a varied career in journalism, publishing, and public service.

Death of comedian Gilda Radner at 42

May 20, 1989

Comedian Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer at the age of 42.

Opera singer Roberta Peters is born

May 4, 1930

Soprano Roberta Peters had the longest tenure of any Metropolitan Opera soprano and has worked to popularize opera throughout her career.

Aline Milton Bernstein Saarinen becomes first woman to head overseas U.S. TV news bureau

April 13, 1971

Aline Milton Bernstein Saarinen was named chief of the Paris bureau of the National Broadcasting Company, becoming the first woman to head an overseas bureau in television.

Gertrude Berg's "The Goldbergs" premieres on television

January 10, 1949

"The Goldbergs," Gertrude Berg's popular radio program about a Jewish family living the American dream, premiered as a television series.

Television in the United States

American Jewish women have a complex history of association with the medium of television. Since emerging as a mass medium in the early post–World War II years, television has figured prominently in the careers of a number of American Jewish women working both before and behind the camera.


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