Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System

December 15, 2015|
Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System by Emily Carman
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Runner-up, Richard Wall Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association, 2016

During the heyday of Hollywood’s studio system, stars were carefully cultivated and promoted, but at the price of their independence. This familiar narrative of Hollywood stardom receives a long-overdue shakeup in Emily Carman’s new book. Far from passive victims of coercive seven-year contracts, a number of classic Hollywood’s best-known actresses worked on a freelance basis within the restrictive studio system. In leveraging their stardom to play an active role in shaping their careers, female stars including Irene Dunne, Janet Gaynor, Miriam Hopkins, Carole Lombard, and Barbara Stanwyck challenged Hollywood’s patriarchal structure.

Through extensive, original archival research, Independent Stardom uncovers this hidden history of women’s labor and celebrity in studio-era Hollywood. Carman weaves a compelling narrative that reveals the risks these women took in deciding to work autonomously. Additionally, she looks at actresses of color, such as Anna May Wong and Lupe Vélez, whose careers suffered from the enforced independence that resulted from being denied long-term studio contracts. Tracing the freelance phenomenon among American motion picture talent in the 1930s, Independent Stardom rethinks standard histories of Hollywood to recognize female stars as creative artists, sophisticated businesswomen, and active players in the then (as now) male-dominated film industry.

Acknowledgments Introduction: Independent Stardom Is Born Chapter One. 1930s Hollywood: The Golden Age for Talent Chapter Two. The [Freelance] Contract in Context Chapter Three. Labor and Lipstick: Promoting the Independent Persona Chapter Four. Independent Stardom Goes Mainstream Appendix One. Key Freelance Deals of Independent Stard...
Title:Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio SystemFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:236 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:236 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inPublished:15 décembre 2015Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1477307818

ISBN - 13:9781477307816

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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