The Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters And The Lost Legacy Of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'mearaThe Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters And The Lost Legacy Of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'meara

The Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters And The Lost Legacy Of Milicent Patrick

byMallory O'meara

Hardcover | March 5, 2019

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.
Title:The Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters And The Lost Legacy Of Milicent PatrickFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.3 × 6.06 × 1.16 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:Hanover Square PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1335937803

ISBN - 13:9781335937803


Editorial Reviews

“Captivating and exhaustively researched…This is a fascinating slice of Hollywood history with a feminist slant, correcting a sexist wrong from decades ago and restoring Patrick to her rightful place of esteem.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Mallory O'Meara's book is a long-overdue tribute to Milicent Patrick, who made her way in Hollywood when women were never given equal standing. Patrick, an artist, actor, and colorful hostess, had an incredible life, and O'Meara lets us know the good and the bad of it." —Charlaine Harris“The Lady From the Black Lagoon is not just a story that needed to be told, the exact right person told it. At some point, the book starts to resemble troika dolls: echoes of Milicent Patrick’s life can be heard in Mallory O’Meara’s life, and echoes of Mallory’s can be heard in ours, the readers. It’s then that you realize how profound this book really is.” —Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box“There's never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.” —Booklist, starred review"Particularly timely in light of the #MeToo movement... Enganging [and] forthright." —Library Journal"With THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Mallory O'Meara has performed true magic. It's a non-fiction detective story, with O'Meara chasing the mystery of how the woman who designed one of cinema's most famous monsters was erased from movie history. It's an intimate, personal quest, and an irrefutable indictment of Hollywood sexism both past and present. It's a love letter to monsters, and to those of us who cherish them. Even if you're not a regular non-fiction reader, you owe it to yourself to read this book. You'll thank me later." —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and The Pandora Room“The woman behind the classic monsters of our collective Hollywood fantasies finally comes to life within this compelling odyssey of betrayal, broken dreams and shining resilience. Spanning the worlds of film, animation, horror and glamour, Mallory O’Meara richly reweaves the splintered mystery of Milicent Patrick into a dead-on expose of Hollywood then and now. Dive in!” —Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation“An idiosyncratic, much-needed biography of ‘a woman before her time’… this passionately written biography will do much to bring Patrick the recognition she deserves.” —Kirkus Reviews"The Lady from the Black Lagoon is a celebration of the life and shamefully overlooked work of Milicent Patrick. It's also an unflinching, from-the-front-lines recounting of Hollywood's toxic patriarchal culture, a history of all manner of monsters. You'll be infuriated at the legacy of continuing injustice but inspired by the talent, will, and spirit of Milicent Patrick and Mallory O'Meara." —Paul Tremblay author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World"Like many women film pioneers, Milicent Patrick's trailblazing creature design and special make-up effects work has largely gone unrecognized, overlooked or even attributed to men. The Lady from the Black Lagoon shines a vital light on one of the unsung women heroes of cinema." —Jovanka Vuckovic, author of Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead“O'Meara's deep dive into this unfairly-forgotten genius of character creation enriches Hollywood history and should inspire future lady monster-makers for years to come.” —Sam Maggs, author of Girl Squads and Wonder Women“At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others deeply moving, this engrossing book challenges the reader to look beyond what they think they know to see the secrets those in power have tried to bury.” —Alexandria Brown, Librarian and author of Hidden History of Napa Valley“The movie business is full of secret and forgotten histories. In The Lady from the Black Lagoon, Mallory O’Meara dives deep into one of these tales. She tells the story of Milicent Patrick, who designed an iconic monster and was an important Disney animator at a time when women were more tolerated than celebrated. Weaving strands of Hollywood lore with Patrick’s biography and her own personal history, O’Meara has written a book that’s as entertaining as it is necessary.” —Richard Kadrey, author of Hollywood Dead