THE FIRST LADY follows the lives of three former First Ladies. It is inspired by truths and facts, but also leaves room for creative liberties as to some private moments in each of their lives before, during, and after living in the White House. 

Michelle Obama, (Viola Davis) Eleanor Roosevelt, (Gillian Anderson) and Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer) led extremely different lives, but they all had one common thread as being America’s First Ladies. These women were strong, resilient, smart, and supportive of their spouses. They knew what the country expected of them, but they wanted to do more and do it their way. 

The depictions of these historical ladies is honest and entertaining. The make up was enough to give a “hint” as to their characters, with the exception of Viola’s lips. In this case less would have been enough. Viola is more than capable enough to portray this iconic woman without the “ extra help.” 

The writers are taking us on a journey on how each First Lady met their husband. This was fun to watch and even a little scandalous for the times. The series is believable, but the editing does switch abruptly between the different decades. Perhaps, it could have been put together differently, but the stories are still intact. (Just a little like a tennis match going back and forth)

THE FIRST LADY is a series about passionate, authentic women who have a voice concerning their lives, and were not hesitant to say what they thought. I love the selection of these three together. Their strengths and flaws are given the light of day to be seen. 

THE FIRST LADY is a available to stream on SHOWTIME. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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