All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State

By michael • News • 18 Apr 2014

Feisty, fiery, tough, unafraid, a force of nature … and funny as hell. These are a few of the words used to describe Ann Richards, one of the most charismatic American political figures of the last 30 years. All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State chronicles Richards’ remarkable life, tracing her origins as a young girl growing up poor in rural Texas, to her life as a sociable suburban housewife and mother, to her rise from schoolteacher to politician. Richards was a County Commissioner before being elected to State Treasurer, which eventually led her to the governorship – the first woman to be elected to that office in the state of Texas. Never one to back away from a fight, the sharp-witted Richards took on conservatives in her state on key issues, and stood toe-to-toe against a string of mud-slinging male opponents in political elections. The 83-minute film features extensive footage and first-person interviews with Richards, whose natural charm, “can do” attitude and trademark coif of shocking white hair made her an icon around the country. A film by Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper, the documentary features interviews with notables such as Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Michael Dukakis and others.

A film by Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper; produced by Keith Patterson, Phillip Schopper, Curry Glassell, Jack Lofton; edited by Phillip Schopper; original music by Michael Bacon; supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins

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