Dolley Madison: America’s First Lady (2010)

“This is part of what makes her so interesting. She has in some way what we like to think of, at least, as a very modern, almost sixth sense about the psychological value of national symbols. Stop and think, in 1814, this country didn’t have a lot of history. It didn’t have a lot of unifying symbols. It had George Washington. And even more it had the mythology of George Washington. Rescuing that portrait was an act of patriotism and defiance, which, if she had done nothing else, would have immortalized Dolley Madison.” – Richard Norton Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Feb 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life of First Lady Dolly Madison who became a well known and powerful woman in the government for decades even after her husband’s death.

My Take on it – Nice documentary that is able to show the kind of influence that a woman of her stature could have even more than two centuries ago.  The film is able to tell us about lots of her personal writing and the choice do use actors to tell part of the history of the events of her life works quite well to help understand all that transpired.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ethan Marten plays Dolley Madison’s first husband, John Todd, Jr.. His Mother is Historic Romance Writer Jacqueline Marten. The little-known historic figure makes several appearances within her eighteen novels. (From IMDB)

Rating – GlobeWorthy (7/10)


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