I remember one of my favorite TV shows when I was a very wee lass was Julia.
Finding herself widowed (Vietnam war era) and left to raise her young son on her own, Julia began working as an RN (just like my mom) for an irascible doctor played by Lloyd Nolan. I seriously adored that show. I had a serious case of hero worship. I begged for a Julia Barbie doll from Santa.
Julia was kind to everyone, even-tempered, and she could sing. I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. I wanted to be just like Julia when I grew up, down to her her hair, her makeup–loved her lipstick, and her outfits. That’s all well and good until you realize I was a blonde haired, blue eyed child with very fair skin.
@LaVikinga I liked the show, too, but not that much. Of our limited TV options it was the best in that time slot.
Women weren’t allowed to be divorced on television back then, but making her a war widow added some current events to the mix. They made Mary Richards be formerly engaged instead of divorced as written. Having Julia highlight the human costs of the war must have pissed off a few people.
@LaVikinga I loved Julia as a child as well. For women our age, that character was an incredible role model no matter the color of your skin. She had a GREAT wardrobe. It drove my bigoted dad crazy that his white daughter was enamored by a black lady on TV