MAKING HISTORY: Murphy Brown Stirs Up a Presidential Election
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS.
Today we look back to 1992 when Diane English's Murphy Brown inadvertently caused a big stir in the presidential election after the TV character, a professional woman in her 40s, chose to raise a child as a single mother after the father appeared disinterested in being a parent.
As the plot line aired, the "family values" of the fictional television journalist were folded into the national conversation when then-candidate Dan Quayle mentioned the character in a speech. A national conversation about "family values" ensued.
In a creative and groundbreaking move, the show responded by blurring the lines between fiction and reality, writing the speech into the TV storyline.
English was showrunner of the multiple Emmy winning show, which ran on CBS for ten seasons! While she was one of few females in a Hollywood power position at the time, she now enjoys returning to the studio lots to see more women in charge:
"It's fun now to go and see how many of us there are."