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Erma Bombeck: Legacy Of Laughter

Airs Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

"Erma Bombeck: A Legacy Of Laughter" examines the extraordinary life and career of beloved American humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), whose honest tales of domestic life gave voice to millions of homemakers.

Archival photographs, video clips and personal memorabilia trace Bombeck's life, from her childhood during the Great Depression to her work as a women's rights activist.

The program is interspersed with uplifting and humorous interviews with Erma's family, friends and colleagues, including a touching on-camera introduction and narration by her neighbor and friend, former talk-show host Phil Donahue.

"Legacy Of Laughter" also features readings from some of Bombeck's best columns, and documents her continuing impact on readers, parents and writers today.

Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop is on Facebook, and you can follow @ebww on Twitter.

Erma Bombeck: Legacy Of Laughter

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"Erma Bombeck: A Legacy Of Laughter," celebrates one of America's best loved humorists. Recollections from family and friends along with photographs and rare home movies tell the story of her life and career. Phil Donahue, family friend and host of the award-winning talk show DONAHUE narrates.

Three magical words from a University of Dayton professor changed humorist Erma Bombeck's life. Writers from around the country gather at her alma mater to hear, "You can write!" For more, visit

Erma Bombeck's alma mater (University of Dayton) hosts a popular bi-annual writers' workshop that attracts writers from all over the country. For more information, visit

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