Ah the fourth of July has arrived. In the past we have saluted the military, actors that have played Presidents,and different ethnic groups. For the Fourth, I have decided to follow the tradition of the holidays and this time I am honoring the lady behind the President … the First Ladies….
Veteran actress Patty Duke played the mother of our country, Martha Washington in a mini series about George Washington. The actor should look familiar to you ,its Barry Botswick. He was the mayor on “Spin City” and more recently played politician, Fitzgerald T Grant 2 on “Scandal”.
Stockard Channing was the charming , worldly physician and First Lady on “The West Wing” , Abigail Bartlett. Her worst patient was her husband Josiah, who suffered in silence from MS.
Joan Allen , another member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, won critical acclaim in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” as Pat Nixon. Anthony Hopkins portrayed the President and another actor played his brother, Tony Goldwyn
and Jack Donahgy on “30 Rock” . Here she is in “W” as Laura Bush.
Robin Wright started out as a Princess Bride and made it all the way to First Lady in the highly acclaimed Netflix “House of Cards” . As Claire Underwood, she schemes to aid her equally evil husband , Frank , as they make their way through the halls of power.
We end with my favorite First Lady and that is the phenomenal Bellamy Young as the iron willed Mellie Grant on “Scandal”. Mellie has lied, killed, and forged her way to get to the White House. She has been the victim in a marriage where her father in law raped her causing the birth of her husband’s brother. She has sacrificed her own career for the sake of Fitz’s . Finally coming into her own , she has won the seat of Senator in Virginia. There is only one problem., her husband is in love with another woman. Finding out that Mellie has been up to the same old tricks, her husband , Fitzgerald has thrown her out of the White House.