Picks and Pans Review: Hillary's Class

updated 11/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Tues., Nov. 15, 9 p.m. ET)


Frontline takes its cameras to the 25th-anniversary reunion of Wellesley's Class of 1969, the most distinguished representative of which is our First Lady. (She did not participate in the making of this film.) Another graduate that year from the elite women's college outside Boston, one of six blacks in a class of 400, is Janet McDonald Hill, a corporate consultant, wife of former Dallas Cowboy Calvin Hill and mother of Grant Hill, a rookie with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.

Through interviews and archival footage, the documentary explores the paths that some of the Wellesley class's accomplished students have pursued through careers, families and various individual challenges.

Back then, Wellesley still had vestiges of a finishing school. "You had to pass a course called Fundamentals of Movement," recalls one 69er, Johanna Branson, "which involved learning how to get out of backseats of cars gracefully with high heels." Yet the women went out into the world brimming with conviction, ambition and expectations. Much like today's slacker graduates. Yeah, right.

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