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Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood

J. E. Smyth


Looking back on her career in 1977, Bette Davis remembered with pride, “Women owned Hollywood for twenty years.” She had a point. During the 1930s and 1940s, the press claimed Hollywood was a generation or two ahead of the rest of the United States in terms of gender equality and employment, with women constituting 40% of film industry employees. Mary C. McCall Jr. was elected president of the Screen Writers Guild three times, and a quarter of all screenwriters were women. Barbara McLean was known as “Hollywood’s Editor-in-Chief.” She and her colleague Margaret Booth supervised their studios’ ... More

Keywords: Hollywood studio system, women screenwriters, women editors, women producers, women executives, women costume designers, Mary C. McCall Jr., Bette Davis, Barbara McLean, women’s employment in Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190840822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190840822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. E. Smyth, author
Professor of History, University of Warwick