In honor of its new drama, Pan Am, which debuts on the ABC television network on Sunday, September 25 at 10 pm ET/PT, ABC has produced a web-based documentary titled ‘The Real Stewardesses of Pan Am’ which uses archival footage and photos, along with brand new interviews with former Pan Am stewardesses to tell their story at the dawn of the ‘Pan Am Era.’
According to 22-year veteran Sheila Riley, ‘being a Pan Am stewardess was a lifestyle, not a career.’ The former stewardesses reminisce fondly about serving for the airline and its passengers and how air travel, which was much more of a luxury than necessity, has changed in the past four decades.
‘Not only did I have to know how to cook a steak … five different ways, maybe right in the middle, I may have had to deliver a baby,’ recalls Karen Fielder, commenting on how educated, worldly, prepared and creative a Pan Am stewardess was required to be. Fielder also gives her sage advice on how to tell if an in-flight wooer was secretly married.
Passion, adventure and espionage… They do it all – and they do it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in a thrilling and highly original new series, “Pan Am,” premiering Sunday, September 25, on the ABC Television Network. “Pan Am” stars Christina Ricci (“Penelope”) as Maggie, Margot Robbie (“Neighbours”) as Laura, Michael Mosley (“Justified”) as Ted, Karine Vanasse (“Polytechnique”) as Colette, Mike Vogel (“The Help,” “Blue Valentine”) as Dean and Kelli Garner (“Going the Distance”) as Kate. Series creator Jack Orman (“ER,” “Men of a Certain Age,”), Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Parenthood,” “Mr. Sunshine”) and Nancy Hult Ganis (“Akeelah and the Bee”) are executive producers. Orman also wrote the pilot, with Schlamme directing. “Pan Am” is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.