The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story




Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Winner 1995 | NBC, Barwood Films Ltd., Storyline Productions, Inc., Trillium Productions, Inc., in association with Tri Star Television

Perhaps the first TV movie to depict a lesbian orientation and its personal and professional consequences, Serving in Silence recounts the true story of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer of the Army National Guard. When asked about her sexual orientation during a routine security-clearance interview with a Defense Investigative Services agent, Ms. Cammermeyer told the truth and declared her homosexuality. With that admission, a brilliant 24-year military career came to an abrupt end. For years, she fought her dismissal and eventually won back the right to wear the uniform, but her long-held dreams of rising to chief nurse of the Army National Guard were dashed forever. The show’s executive producers, including Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close, who played the title role with stirring conviction, brought to television a story of triumph over intolerance. For this powerful drama of one woman’s honesty and the consequences of that honesty, a Peabody to NBC, Barwood Films Ltd., Storyline Productions, Inc. And Trillium Productions Inc. In association with TriStar Television, for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.



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