They are women of distinction, from all walks of life, making a difference, doing so on their own terms, each with her own unique perspective. 48 Hours has chosen some "great dames," if you'll pardon the expression (no disrespect intended.)
They're not just talented and accomplished; their achievements are marked by sheer will and resiliency. These women have staying power.
They demonstrate dignity and grace, style but also substance. They live life with a sense of fun as well as purpose.
Dynasty's Queen: Joan Collins is the most popular difficult lady in television history. She knows that fame for her only comes with playing these types of characters. Her latest project: a television movie These Old Broads.
Madame Secretary: Think you know Madeleine Albright? Think again. While in the world of diplomacy she's a nonstop, tough-talking, globe trotting diplomat.She's also appearing in a televison commercial dancing! We get to know the woman who deals with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and then goes home puts on her flannel nightgown, grabs some cottage cheese and watches TV.
The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds: She's made famous movies and lost fortunes famously. Find out why she still takes to the stage.
Heloise Hears A Hint: Long before there was Martha Stewart, there was Heloise, with her hints for homemakers. When she died, her daughter Ponce took over. Does the royal highness of household hints have a dirty little secret of her own? We'll tell you.
Urban Legend: She's one of the most important women in Washington, D.C. But she's never held a press conference, never been to a state diner and never asked for a campaign contribution. So why is Gloria Wilderbraithwaite so important?
The Silver Belles: At 80 to 95 these great dames are not only still kicking they're still dancing. They began dancing in the '30s as part of the famous Apollo Theatre and Te Cotton Club, and they're still at it. We get to know these high steppers in their old stomping ground.
Aired: 28 Dec 2000