Monday, August 30, 2010

"Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" Documentary Now Available On DVD

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, the documentary telling the humorous and eye-opening story of television pioneer Gertrude Berg, was released this week on DVD.

The film was written, produced, and directed by Aviva Kempner, maker of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.

Berg was the creator, principal writer, and star of The Goldbergs, a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry.  The documentary includes interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Ed Asner, producers Norman Lear (All in the Family) and Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties), and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg.

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg premiered at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival last year.  In the video below, film critic Bonnie Steiger interviews Aviva Kempner on her experience documenting the woman behind the character that America remembers as Molly Goldberg. Enjoy!

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