WOMAN OF THE YEAR 1973 is a Special CBS one hour prime time broadcast that seems lost to history. It is not even notated on IMDb or anywhere to be found on the internet.
Awards are given for American women, the "doers, achievers, and shapers of society."
Rosalind Russell is host for the ceremonies, sponsored by the Ladies' Home Journal. Lenore Hershey is introduced.
Eight woman are presented with gold pendants during the hour, which is telecast live from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Introductions and short biographies follow.
Margaret Chase Smith introduces Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.):public affairs.
Marlo Thomas introduces Helen Hayes: arts and humanities.
Barbara Walters introduces Katharine Graham: president of the Washington Post Company: business and economy.
Lynda Johnson Robb introduces Poet Nikki Giovanni: youth leadership.
Kathryn Crosby introduces Dr. Virginia Apgar: for work against birth defects.
Cicely Tyson introduces Ladonna Harris:
for civil rights activities on behalf of American Indians.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver introduces Mary Lasker: for encouraging medical research and national beautification.
Mamie Eisenhower introduces Ellen Straus: creator of WMCA radio "call for action" hot line in which listeners talk about community problems.
Comedy related to women's liberation and accomplishment are interspersed during the broadcast.
Cloris Leachman and Tony Randall in a "Woman for President" skit,
Sandy Duncan and Jack Klugman in a "First American Woman to go into Outer Space skit, and Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna in an "I am a Person" skit.
Helen Reddy sings "I Am Woman."
At the conclusion the entire ensemble sing Katharine Lee Bates' "America, America."
Complete broadcast with Clairol commercials.
Lucille Ball stars as Catherine Curtis a middle-aged divorcee who holds onto life after a break of 23 years of marriage.
This special is broken down into three parts; titled "First Night," "First Affair," and "First Love." Art Carney and Joseph Bologna co-star.