Inspired by her recent sit-down interview with the cast and creator of AMC’s popular series Mad Men, Diane Sawyer shared a tweet of a retro photo of herself in the 60s.
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) April 10, 2014
Mad Men is an American period drama created and produced by Matthew Weiner.
Set in the 1960s, Man Men depicts the lives of those working in an advertising agency – primarily that of the enigmatic protagonist Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a chain-smoking, scotch slugging creative director and junior partner of Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency and, as of the sixth season, a partner of Sterling Cooper & Partners.
The show originally premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC, and the seventh and final season is scheduled to premiere on April 13, 2014. It will have 14 episodes that will be split into two seven-episode installments through 2015.
Diane Sawyer, 68, an anchor for ABC World News, sat down with the Mad Men crew and discussed the ongoing drama of the plausible but fictionalized ad world as well as the complexity and vulnerability of its characters – especially of the women struggling to carve out a place for themselves in the male-dominated industry of advertising during a “Feminine Mystique” era.
Interestingly, Diane Sawyer can somewhat relate as she too entered the male-dominated industry of news-reporting back in the 1960s.
In 1967, the Kentucky native received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and returned to Louisville where she took a job as weather forecaster for the WHAS-TV news.
In 1970 Diane moved to Washington D.C., but was unable to find work in broadcast journalism. Instead she cycled through government jobs as an aide, during which she became an assistant to Jerry Warren, the White House deputy press secretary.
This afforded the opportunity to compose press releases and later public statements for then-President Richard Nixon.
Diane Sawyer was also an administrative assistant to White House Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler, and eventually to staff assistant for Nixon.
Ultimately politics opened several otherwise difficult doors for the aspiring reporter, as she continued to work for Nixon up until his resignation in 1974.
She shortly worked on the Nixon-Ford team, and later helped the former President write his memoirs, published in 1978, as his literary assistant.
In the 80s, Diane worked as a CBS Morning News anchor and as a 60 Minutes correspondent, and has since appeared as a regular face for Primetime, 20/20, Good Morning America, and ABC World News.
In 2013, Forbes listed Diane Sawyer as #73 on their “100 Most Powerful Women” list; in 2012 she ranked #23.
During her career Diane Sawyer has interviewed the likes of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad; Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama; Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, less than a year after she survived an assassination attempt; President of Cuba Fidel Castro; suspected murderous Amanda Knox; a slew of actors/actresses, singers, and comedians; as well as the late Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
Last September, the lovely Diane Sawyer tweeted another Throwback Thursday pic of herself in the 60s, appearing longhaired and leggy.
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) September 5, 2013
[Photo Credit: ABC World News, Diane Sawyer Facebook]