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Independent stardom : freelance women in the Hollywood studio system

Author: Emily Carman
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2016.
Series: Texas film and media studies series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 shake up 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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Carman, Emily.
Independent stardom.
(DLC) 2015015797
(OCoLC)909538021
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Carman
ISBN: 9781477307328 147730732X 9781477307335 1477307338
OCLC Number: 925337544
Awards: Runner-up for Richard Wall Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association 2016 (United States)
Description: 1 online resource (220 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1930s Hollywood : the golden age for talent --
The [freelance] contract in context --
Labor and lipstick : promoting the independent persona --
Independent stardom goes mainstream.
Series Title: Texas film and media studies series.
Responsibility: by Emily Carman.

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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 shake up 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 Constance Bennett, Irene Dunne, Janet Gaynor, Miriam Hopkins, Carole Lombard, and Barbara Stanwyck challenged Holllywood'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 independently. 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. -- Provided by publisher.

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"Carman's work is important, not only as an alternative history of Hollywood labor, but also as guide for working on workers in early cinema." * Media Industries Journal * "Independent Stardom: Read more...

 
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