The Hallmark Hall of Fame. [1989-04-30], My name is Bill W.

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Created: 2000


The Hallmark Hall of Fame. [1989-04-30], My name is Bill W.
Summary: "The Hallmark Hall of Fame, the longest-running & most-honored series of dramatic specials in the history of American television, celebrates its first half century in 2001. With 208 productions, the series received a record 78 Emmys, 9 Golden Globes, 11 Peabody's, 24 Christopher Awards, & 4 Humanitas Prizes. The series has featured some of the world's finest actors, including Glenn Close, Hume Crony, Bette Davis, John Gielgud, Alec Guiness, Julie Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Christopher Plummer, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jessica Tandy & Joanne Woodward. The productions have brought both classic & contemporary literature to the television screen. Adaptations based on the works by authors and playwrights such as Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, Arthur Miller, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, John Steinbeck, Anne Tyler, August Wilson & Lanford Wilson. Many Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations have been groundbreaking. The first Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation (December 24, 1951) was the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first original opera ever commissioned for TV. Hamlet (1953) was the first play by William Shakespeare ever presented on television; more people watched that broadcast than had seen the play on stage during the 350 years since it was written. The Hall of Fame has often tackled tough subjects. Teacher, Teacher (1969) received an Award of Merit from the President's Committee on Mental Retardation. Love is Never Silent (1985) featured deaf actors & explored issues of particular relevance to the deaf community; My Name is Bill W. (1989) dramatized the genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous. Promise (1986) examined schizophrenia, & became the most honored single program in the history of television. The production is still widely used as a teaching tool in medical schools. Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Inc. is an independent entity, & has no managerial (other than Hallmark Card's common ownership) or artistic relationship to Hallmark Entertainment, headed by Robert Halmi, Sr."--2000 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is "My name is Bill W." Tells the "story of how Alcoholics Anonymous was formed."--VHS tape label.

Corporate Producers: Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Inc.

Persons Appearing: James Woods (Cast) | JoBeth Williams (Cast) | James Garner (Cast) | Gary Sinise (Cast)

Broadcast Date: 1989-04-30

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