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Lillian Rogers Parks
(February 1, 1897 – November 6, 1997)

1846 Vernon Street, Kalorama neighborhood, DC.

Parks was an housemaid and seamstress in the White House who with the journalist Frances Spatz Leighton co-authored three White House memoirs, My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House (1961), a children's book: It Was Fun Working at the White House (1969), and The Roosevelts: A Family in Turmoil (1981).

In 1979 her first memoir, which detailed life in the White House from the Taft to the Eisenhower administrations, was made into an Emmy-nominated miniseries Backstairs at the Whitehouse. It starred Leslie Uggams, Olivia Coles, and Louis Gossett, Jr. in the roles of White House staff and Julie Harris as Helen Herron Taft, Claire Bloom as Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, Larry Gates as Herbert Hoover and Eileen Heckart as Eleanor Roosevelt.