Bing Crosby was probably the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century. This new documentary explores the life and legend of the iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona.
Crosby’s estate granted the filmmakers unprecedented access to the entertainer’s personal and professional archives, including never-before-seen home movies, recordings, photos and more.
Narrated by Stanley Tucci, the film features new interviews with all surviving members of Crosby’s immediate family: wife Kathryn, daughter Mary and sons Harry and Nathaniel. The film also reveals Crosby’s struggles with his first wife, Dixie Lee, and their sons Gary, Dennis, Phillip and Lindsay.
Mary addresses accusations of abuse first published in Gary’s 1983 memoir, which tarnished their father’s legacy. Gary speaks candidly about both his and his mother’s alcoholism as well as his difficulties with his father in a never-before-seen 1987 interview.
The show airs at 9 p.m. on PBS. Check local listings.