WGBH Openvault

American Experience; Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film


Letterbox, Evergreen Version, W/CC&DVS

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

American Experience
Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film
Program Number


Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In fewer than 25 years, Eugene O’Neill wrote 20 plays and won four Pulitzer Prizes. The triumphant author of such innovative works as The Iceman Cometh, A Touch of the Poet and the autobiographical masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, O’Neill once described writing as his “vacation from living.” Award-winning director Ric Burns (“New York: A Documentary Film”) tells O’Neill’s turbulent story, from his childhood through the ascendant years of his magnificent, prolific career to his lonely, painful death at age 65 in 1953. Christopher Plummer narrates.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Chicago: “American Experience; Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film,” 02/10/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4943C69E12A34EF78643EED30C88173E.
MLA: “American Experience; Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film.” 02/10/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4943C69E12A34EF78643EED30C88173E>.
APA: American Experience; Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4943C69E12A34EF78643EED30C88173E
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.