First Ladies

In a four-part series, Anthony Howard traces the influence of petticoat government in American politics.

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200B01Grand Dame And Home Bodies20000629

Eleanor Roosevelt was known as `Eleanor Everywhere', but her successors Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower had more domestic aspirations.

200B02Glamour Comes To Visit20000706

In a four-part series Anthony Howard traces the influence of women behind the American presidency.

2: `Glamour Comes to Visit'.

A look at the style and sophistication of Jackie Kennedy.

Hers was a tough act to follow for successors Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon.

200B03Powers Behind The Throne20000713

In a four-part series Anthony Howard traces the influence of women behind the American presidency.

3: `Powers behind the Throne'.

Howard compares the contrasting fortunes of Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, and Nancy Reagan - whose reliance on astrology embarrassed the White House and shook America.

200B0420000720

Anthony Howard concludes his series tracing the influence of women behind the American presidency with a look at the first lady who has broken the mould - Hillary Clinton.

There could not be a greater contrast between Barbara Bush - the previous first lady - and the ambitious lawyer who is now running for the Senate.