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Precocious Charms : Stars Performing Girlhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema.

Author: Gaylyn Studlar
Publisher: Berkerley : University of California Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Precocious Charms, Gaylyn Studlar examines how Hollywood presented female stars as young girls or girls on the verge of becoming women. Child stars are part of this study but so too are adult actresses who created motion picture masquerades of youthfulness. Studlar details how Mary Pickford, Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones, and Audrey Hepburn performed girlhood in their films. She  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gaylyn Studlar
ISBN: 9780520955295 0520955293
OCLC Number: 823387130
Description: 1 online resource (324 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Oh, "doll divine": Mary Pickford, masquerade, and the pedophilic gaze --
Cosseting the nation, or, how to conquer fear itself with Shirley Temple --
"The little girl with the big voice": Deanna Durbin and sonic womanliness --
Velvet's cherry: Elizabeth Taylor and virginal English girlhood --
Perilous transition: Jennifer Jones as melodrama's hysterical adolescent --
"Chi-Chi Cinderella": Audrey Hepburn as couture countermodel --
Conclusion.

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Examines how Hollywood defined and constructed female stars as especially young. This study reveals the unexpected intersections between American film and culture, from nineteenth century sentimental  Read more...

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"Lushly illustrated and compellingly written, this fascinating, timely book will easily suit both academic and general readers." -- G. A. Foster Choice 20130601

 
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