THE FIRST LADY showcased hard times for all. War, rehab, and a national election took their toll on Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis).

What impressed me the most was Betty’s performance. Such pain, confusion, and utter despair. It tore my heart in half. Phenomenal, gut-wrenching acting. I also thoroughly enjoyed the history behind certain milestone events. Listening to major speeches and knowing more “secrets” is very empowering. 

THE FIRST LADY is reenforcing the women who have always inspired me. I understand more. I know what it means to be considered the “heart of this country” and “be on the same side, yet not feel equal.” It blows me away how high the standards are for our First Ladies. 

THE FIRST LADY has one episode left. I have enjoyed the “education,” and I have even adjusted to Viola’s lips… well, almost.  

It is 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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