Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood

Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood

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The first comprehensive history of Hollywood's high-flying career women during the studio era, Nobody's Girl Friday covers the impact of the executives, producers, editors, writers, agents, designers, directors, and actresses who shaped Hollywood film production and style, led their unions, climbed to the top during the war, and fought the blacklist.

Based on a decade of archival research, author J.E. Smyth uncovers a formidable generation working within the American film industry and brings their voices back into the history of Hollywood. Their achievements, struggles, and perspectives fundamentally challenge popular ideas about director-based auteurism, male dominance, and female disempowerment in the years between First and Second Wave Feminism.

Nobody's Girl Friday is a revisionist history, but it's also a deeply personal, collective account of hundreds of working women, the studios they worked for, and the films they helped to make. For many years, historians and critics have insisted that both American feminism and the power of women in Hollywood declined and virtually disappeared from the 1920s through the 1960s. But Smyth vindicates Bette Davis's claim. The story of the women who called the shots in studio-era Hollywood has never fully been told-until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684415786
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J. E. Smyth is an American historian and film critic. She is a regular contributor to Cineaste Magazine and has appeared in documentaries for the BBC and PBS. Smyth is Professor of History at the University of Warwick (UK). For more information, visit

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Equal Right to Be the Best

Chapter 1: The Fourth Warner Brother
Chapter 2: Organization Women
Chapter 3: Jills-of-All-Trades
Chapter 4: Madam President
Chapter 5: Controlling the Cut
Chapter 6: Designing Women
Chapter 7: Kiss Hollywood Goodbye


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