Filmmaker Laurie Kahn-Leavitt will discuss her Peabody Award-winning film “Tupperware” with Peabody Director Horace Newcomb on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the theater of the Tate Student Center. Following an introduction by Betty Jean Craige, director of UGA’s Center for Humanities and Arts, “Tupperware” will be screened in its entirety. The audience is invited to participate in the conversation between Kahn-Leavitt and Newcomb.
The Peabody Awards program collaborates with the Center for Humanities and Arts each semester to bring a Peabody recipient to UGA for a screening and discussion of the prize-winning work.
Narrated by actress Kathy Bates, “Tupperware” tells the story of Brownie Wise, the self-taught saleswoman who built an empire out of bowls that “burped.” Invented by Earl Silas Tupper in the 1940s, Tupperware sat on the shelves until Wise and her army of Tupperware Ladies mastered the art of home party selling. Soon, housewives of all shapes, sizes and means were earning thousands, even millions of dollars, selling Tupperware in living rooms.
Idolized and celebrated by the women of the 1950s, Wise was the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week.
“Tupperware” features rare archival company footage and clips from old home movies.