The gala premiere of Makers: Women Who Make America brought out A-list celebs Wednesday at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. The online/on-air project from PBS and AOL is building an archive of short interviews with dozens of influential women, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sex educator Dr. Ruth Westheimer, domestic doyenne Martha Stewart and media maven Oprah Winfrey. The broadcast documentary debuts Feb. 26 on PBS.
Luminaries at the gala premiere included feminist activist Gloria Steinem, who inspired series creators Dyllan McGee, Betsy West and Peter Kunhardt to chronicle the influence of the women’s movement; NBC’s Katie Couric; Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates; actresses Kyra Sedgwick and Diahann Carroll and Murphy Brown Director Diane English.
Public broadcasting names included PBS President Pat Kerger and WETA President Sharon Percy Rockefeller.