Tracy Heater Strain

A brief, brilliant life gets a superb TV portrait


The upcoming "American Masters" (Friday, Jan. 19) is one of the best TV films I've seen in a long time. (And yes, I've seem a lot of TV.) It beautifully portrays the short, brilliant life of playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Here's the story I sent to papers.

By Mike Hughes

PASADENA, Cal. --
Almost 60 years ago, theater producers were fretting about a landmark
moment.