Virginia Johnson
Virginia Johnson
Virginia Lillian Morris Johnson was, in 1968, the first woman to seek the office of governor of Arkansas.
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Benjamin Millepied Speaks Out Against Racism At Paris Opera Ballet
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Benjamin Millepied, better known to some as Natalie Portman’s husband, unexpectedly resigned from his post as dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet earlier this year. After a little over a year in the coveted position, ballet insiders were roundly surprised by his decision. (He claimed “personal reasons” were behind the move at the time.) Thanks to the documentary “Reset,” or “Relevé” as it’s known in France, those skeptical of Millepied’s sudden departure have a bit more context to chew on. Ahead of the film’s release in New York and L.A. on Jan. 13, Page Six highlighted what seems to be a more pressing reason behind the French dancer and choreographer’s exit. In the documentary, Millepied talks at length about the racism he encountered at the historic Paris institution upon joining in 2014. “I heard someone say a black girl in a ballet is a distraction,” he recalls. “If there are 25 white girls, everyone will look at the black girl. Everyone must be alike in a company, mea ...
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‘Masters of Sex’ Author Originally Wanted Book Made Into Movie
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Seeing his biography of sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson turned into a Showtime television series was like winning the lottery, writer Thomas Maier said, though he had to be convinced that the TV offer was better than proposals to make a movie of it. Maier, who has been a reporter at the Long Island, N.Y., newspaper Newsday for 30 years, said he had two or three serious offers to turn his 2009 book, “Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love,” into a film but the show’s producers persuaded him that it could be done as a high-quality TV series, such as AMC’s “Mad Men.”
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The real Masters & Johnson-- and their TV counterparts
Chicago Times - over 3 years
A chat with Thomas Maier, author of Masters of Sex It's one thing to study human sexuality in the Midwest in the 1950s. It is yet quite another to find willing participants. But William Masters and Virginia Johnson — the St. Louis-based researchers who would become famous as America's foremost sex experts of the 20th century — apparently had few problems in that regard.     
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The Sizzling Broadway <i>Betrayal</i> of Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"There's nothing like the love of a good man!" said Julia Roberts over her shoulder to me after I'd commented on how young and beautiful the actress looks these days. This -- after she'd come all the way across the Barrymore Theater auditorium to give me a great hug before Mike Nichols' opening night of the celebrated Harold Pinter's "Betrayal." (Julia did indeed look spiffy in a sleek black dress and we had a brief chat about life, husband, children and everything except whatever she is doing next. She is a real star and one of my favorites.) • The VIP crowd included the de la Rentas, the Diller-von Furstenbergs, the Graydon Carters, Elaine May and Stanley Donen, Nick Pileggi, Candice and Marshall Rose, to name just a few. But in its own way, the night was understated. No red carpet, no mercy for the paparazzi -- everybody calm, cool and collected. Mr. Nichols I didn't see, but his bride, Diane Sawyer, was there cheering him on. • You probably already know how hard it will b ...
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How “Masters of Sex” should reinvent itself - over 3 years
Last week, "Masters of Sex" received a much-anticipated dose of backstory in the form of some new faces. Bill Masters's mother arrived, bringing with her unwanted memories of the doctor's abusive father. Ginny's musician husband showed up at her door with the hope of rekindling, if not their romance, at least enough sexual chemistry to merit him a place to rest his head until the next gig. Unfortunately, the Bobby Cannavale-like ex's appearance only taught us what we've been told many, many times before in all the previous episodes: Virginia Johnson is a thoroughly modern woman — a fireball in the sack and whatever. Bill's awful relationship with his father only serves to explain why he, himself, is hesitant to have children — a one-to-one correlation which is a) a little too one-to-one and b) hardly what we most want to know about Bill. The lure of this show is the doctor's bull-headed devotion to studying sex and his growing relationship with Ginny. Their connection is both dramati ...
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11 Groundbreaking Findings That Changed How We Think About Sex
Business Insider - over 3 years
The new Showtime series, "Masters Of Sex," chronicles the real life of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Their studies in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, on top of previous work by Alfred Kinsey, changed American attitudes about sex at a time when masturbation was discouraged, oral sex between a husband and wife was illegal in some states, and homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Our understanding of sex has matured over the last half-century, but none of that would have been possible without these groundbreaking findings from the earliest sex experts. 1. There are four phases of human sexual response — Masters and Johnson are widely recognized for their theory on the four stages of sexual response: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. The "human sexual response cycle" was published in their 1966 book "Human Sexual Response." 2. Women are capable of multiple orgasms — In studying the sexual response cycle of men and women, Masters an ...
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Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom
NPR - over 3 years
William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their research into the physiology of human sexuality. In Masters of Sex, biographer Thomas Maier explores the duo's research methods, which for years remained shrouded in secrecy. Originally broadcast July 30, 2013. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Masters of Sex Premiere Review: Will You Keep Watching Michael Sheen's Steamy Showtime Series?
US Magazine - over 3 years
3 stars (out of 4) Could this be the new Mad Men? Masters of Sex, Showtime's steamy new drama series, premiered with a bang -- excuse the pun -- on Sunday, Sept. 29. Michael Sheen stars as Ob-Gyn William Masters, who sets out in 1956 St. Louis to demystify sex by clinically monitoring subjects as they, er, get busy! Evocative and provocative (research participants range from fellow doctors to prostitutes), this fact-based drama is most invigorating when showing how the findings helped ignite women's lib. Lizzy Caplan captivates as assistant Virginia Johnson, a firebrand single mom who enjoys sex with "friends." Much like Jon Hamm's character Don Draper on AMC's Mad Men, her brusque boss, though, is too cryptically drawn.  PHOTOS: Fall 2013 preview At the NYC premiere of Masters of Sex on Sept. 26, Sheen spoke to reporters about some of his character's flaws. "What you discover through exploring sex, and certainly the way Masters does, he wants to keep it very separate from ...
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"Homeland" Leads Us To "Masters of Sex"
Huffington Post - over 3 years
TV Review Jackie K Cooper "Homeland/Masters of Sex" (SHOWTIME) "Homeland" is back and it has brought along a friend for some entertaining television viewing. "Homeland" is seen Sunday nights on SHOWTIME at 9PM and "Masters of Sex" follows at 10. This means you have two hours of possibly entertaining and engrossing TV to watch back to back. "Homeland" is the main course for your viewing meal and "Masters of Sex" is your dessert on the menu. "Homeland" is an intense drama about the CIA and the spies they seek out. Claire Danes stars as Agent Carrie Mathison, a bi-polar woman who tries to keep her moods balanced through other means than medication. As this season starts Carrie is appearing before a congressional committee investigating the terrorist bomb incident that killed over two hundred people. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) has been accused of fo ...
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Review: 'Masters of Sex' explores the science of sex
LATimes - over 3 years
Showtime's unhurried series about sex researchers Masters and Johnson takes a romp through the boudoirs of mid-century America. "Masters of Sex," which premieres Sunday on Showtime, takes as its subject Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the authors of "Human Sexual Response," "Human Sexual Inadequacy" and other medical potboilers of the 20th century. Without making any extraordinary claims for it, it is easy to watch and to recommend, mostly sweet-natured, with a host of well-shaded performances and almost nothing to insult your intelligence.
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'Masters Of Sex' On Showtime: Lizzy Caplan Talks Playing A Feminist Antihero -- And Nipples
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Lizzy Caplan is one of the most interesting and entertaining actresses working today, and she doesn't disappoint in real life either. Honestly, that almost never happens. HuffPost TV sat down with Caplan to talk about her most intriguing role yet: Playing Virginia Johnson on Showtime's "Masters of Sex" (premieres Sun., Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. on Showtime) opposite Michael Sheen as William Masters. As one-half of Masters and Johnson, the famed sex researchers who began studying human sexual responses in men and women back in the '50s, Caplan gets to play one of the original feminists, but she's a character that's as flawed as any male antihero on cable TV. From being a sexual pioneer, to being an adulterer (for science!), to showing some serious nipple (again), Caplan discusses it all ... keep reading for her take on the show and insight into this unique role. You've done TV series before. Was it a big decision to come back to do this? It wasn't a thought really because I love doing ...
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'Masters Of Sex' Get Unmasterful Treatment On Showtime
NPR - over 3 years
The series follows the stories of science pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who helped bring sexuality into the light. Critic John Powers says it clearly aspires to be "the Mad Men of sex" -- but falls short in both its eye for detail and its retrograde portrayals of sex. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Lizzy Caplan: 'If You Watch 'Masters Of Sex,' You Will Score Chicks' (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
According to Lizzy Caplan, "Masters Of Sex" is a must-watch this fall. And it's not just because she's starring in it. "If you watch 'Masters of Sex,' you will score chicks," Caplan said in the Ocotober issue of GQ. "This is everything your readers need to know ... I know that the show will be equally relevant to men and women, if for no other reason: tits!" Nudity aside, Caplan insists the new Showtime series, which takes place in the '50s and centers on Virginia Johnson (Caplan) and Wiliiam Masters' (Michael Sheen) groundbreaking sex studies, will serve as a TV sex-ed course. "Millions of women took all of the blame for all the problems in the bedroom," Caplan said, explaining how people viewed sex in the '50s. "They basically figured out that the female body is far better equipped for sex than the male body. Women can have multiple orgasms; men cannot. They're actually the sexual athletes, not the men." As for her own sex scenes, Caplan admitted to Conan O'Brien that they can ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Virginia Johnson
  • 2007
    Age 79
    Died on June 27, 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 77
    She wrote the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock in 2005 that Arkansas people "have solid convictions and, if offered the opportunity, they will demonstrate once again that they prefer their own," a reference to segregation.
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  • 1990
    Age 62
    The measure was repealed in 1990, though Johnson never wavered in her support for it.
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  • 1982
    Age 54
    Virginia Johnson met with Governor White in Conway in the 1982 fall campaign and told him, "Don't you believe those polls," which repeatedly and correctly showed Clinton with his ultimate 55-45 percent victory margin over White.
    More Details Hide Details Virginia Johnson died of cancer at the age of seventy-eight. Jim Johnson was also stricken with the disease and took his own life by gunshot on February 13, 2010, some two and a half years after his wife's death. They are interred at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway. The Johnsons had three sons, Mark Johnson of Little Rock, John David Johnson of Fayetteville, and Joseph Daniel Johnson of Conway.
    In later years, Jim and Virginia Johnson supported Republican Frank D. White in his three gubernatorial races against the future Democratic President Bill Clinton. Talk had persisted in 1982 that Jim Johnson would formally switch parties and challenge White for renomination and then, if successful in a primary, lead the GOP banner against Clinton.
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  • 1981
    Age 53
    Jim Johnson had long been friendly with U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, a South Carolina Republican who in 1981 had recommended the Arkansan for a vacancy on the U.S. Parole Commission.
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  • 1968
    Age 40
    Mrs. Johnson at first said that she would support Crank's bid against Rockefeller but instead withdrew her support from all Arkansas Democratic nominees in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details She declined to accept a spot on the Democratic State Executive Committee because the Johnsons supported George C. Wallace, Jr., nominee of the American Independent Party for U.S. President, rather than the Democratic nominee, Vice President of the United States Hubert H. Humphrey. Jim Johnson ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate nomination against long-term incumbent J. William Fulbright in the same 1968 election cycle in which his wife ran for governor. Arkansas voters that year split tickets to reelect Rockefeller and Fulbright, in what would be the last elections won by either man, and to cast electoral votes for George Wallace.
    At the age of forty, Johnson ran in the 1968 Democratic primary election for the nomination to oppose the Republican incumbent Winthrop Rockefeller, younger brother of then Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York.
    More Details Hide Details State Representative and former House Speaker, Marion H. Crank of Foreman in Little River County, led the five-candidate field with 106,092 votes (25.6 percent). Johnson, like her husband a segregationist, finished second with 86,038 votes (20.7 percent). Johnson topped the third-place candidate, Ted Boswell, an attorney from Bryant in Saline County, by only 406 ballots. Boswell hence polled 85,727 votes. Former Arkansas Attorney General Bruce Bennett finished fourth with 65,905 votes (15.7 percent), and Frank L. Whitbeck (1916–2002) of Little Rock followed with 61,758 (14.9 percent). In the runoff election two weeks later, Crank handily defeated Mrs. Johnson, 215,098 (63.3 percent) to her 124,880 ballots (36.7 percent). Crank then narrowly lost the general election to Rockefeller.
  • 1956
    Age 28
    She assisted in her husband's failed bid to oust Orval Eugene Faubus in the 1956 Democratic primary and in his successful 1958 campaign for a spot on the Arkansas Supreme Court.
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    In 1956, she headed her husband's successful petition drive to place a state constitutional amendment on the ballot calling upon the Arkansas General Assembly to oppose the 9-0 Brown v. Board of Education decision of the United States Supreme Court regarding school desegregation.
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  • 1950
    Age 22
    In 1950, Jim Johnson was elected to the Arkansas State Senate, and his wife served on the Senate staff during the 1951 and 1953 legislative sessions.
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  • 1947
    Age 19
    On December 21, 1947, 19-year-old Virginia Morris married James D. Johnson, a 23-year-old attorney from Crossett in Ashley County in south Arkansas.
    More Details Hide Details They later settled permanently at Beaverfork Lake near Conway. Virginia Johnson served as her husband's legal secretary for his entire legal career.
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born on January 21, 1928.
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