American Experience: Tupperware! (PBS)
This vibrant documentary, narrated by the critically-acclaimed Kathy Bates, looks at why one of the world’s most ubiquitous products has become a cultural icon. At the center of the narrative are two dynamic, quirky characters: the ambitious but reclusive Earl Tupper, who invented Tupperware, and his flamboyant female business associate, Brownie Wise, who figured out how to sell it. The self-taught Wise, the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week, encouraged women to believe in themselves and dream big. Working side-by-side, Tupper and Wise created an empire. Using poignant interviews with Tupperware executives and dealers from the early days, home movies and never-before-seen archival company footage, this compelling, funny, and ultimately provocative American Experience production forces its viewers to re-examine their assumptions about American culture in the 1950s. Executive producer Mark Samels, series producer Sharon Grimberg, and producer/writer/director Laurie Kahn-Leavitt teamed with co-producer Robin Hessman, director of photography Peter Stein, and editor William A. Anderson to make this brilliant documentary about an American dream come true. A Filmmakers Collaborative, Blueberry Hill Productions film for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE/WGBH, the Peabody Board is proud to present a George Foster Peabody Award to Tupperware!