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Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet (2006)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority, Blackbird Films

Date Issued: 2006-08-7

Duration: 00:55:37

Subjects: Boggs, Lindy, 1916- | Boggs, Hale, 1914-1972 | Politics | Women legislators | Civil Rights | Sigmund, Barbara Boggs, 1939-1990 | Roberts, Cokie


  • Carrick, Bess Producer
  • Roberts, Rebecca Narrator
  • Boggs, Lindy Interviewee
  • Pelosi, Nancy Interviewee
  • Maney, Patrick Interviewee
  • Lewis, John Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mary Interviewee
  • Foley, Thomas Interviewee
  • Roberts, Cokie Interviewee
  • Tyler, Pamela Interviewee
  • Coleman, James J. Interviewee
  • Boggs, Hale Speaker
  • Roberts, Steve Interviewee
  • Lee, Harry Interviewee
  • Johnson, Luci Baines Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Moon Interviewee
  • Boggs, Thomas Hale Interviewee
  • Kaptur, Marcy Interviewee
  • Schoonmaker, Jan Interviewee
  • Stokes, Louis Interviewee
  • Breaux, John Interviewee
  • Totenburg, Nina Interviewee
  • Maleevy, Nancy Interviewee
  • Anderson, Donn Interviewee


A 2006 documentary chronicling the life and career of Lindy Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana. It covers: her early life in Pointe Coupee Parish; her marriage to Hale Boggs; his election to Congress in 1940; their political partnership and fight against segregation; his disappearance in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972; her election to Congress in 1973; her role in ending discrimination against women seeking access to credit; her founding of the Women’s Caucus; her effectiveness on Congressional committees; her role as the first woman to chair a national political convention; her opposition to abortion; her retirement from Congress in 1991; the death of her daughter Barbara Boggs Sigmund; her role as the Ambassador to the Vatican from 1997-2001; and her retirement in New Orleans. This documentary includes interviews with: Boggs’ children, Cokie Roberts and Thomas Hale Boggs; her son-in-law, Steve Roberts; her friends, Sheriff Harry Lee, Luci Baines Johnson, and Moon Landrieu; her Congressional colleagues, U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis, Thomas Foley, Marcy Kaptur, and Louis Stokes; and United States Senators Mary Landrieu and John Breaux. Boggs’ granddaughter, Rebecca Roberts, narrates this documentary.