Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood – 12 in a series – Mathis Stands Apart

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood - 12 in a series - Mathis Stands Apart

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“One of the characteristics that set Mathis apart from other writers and filmmakers of her time was her determination to study the art of filmmaking, not only for the art’s sake but the artist’s sake. Gus Hardy of Scenario-Bulletin Digest points out, ‘Her debut as a motion picture writer was vastly different from the average person who gets a story idea, spends a half an hour writing it–ships it off to a motion picture company and in two weeks receives the story back plus a nicely worded rejection slip.‘”

Fearless and Fierce: June Mathis
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Chase Thompson, Writer, “Writing Around Lois Weber” from When Women Wrote Hollywood

Chase Thompson, Writer, “Writing Around Lois Weber” from When Women Wrote Hollywood

Chase Thompson, Writer, “Writing Around Lois Weber”

How Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop @skylarkbookshop , Columbia, Missouri during the Citizen Jane Film Festival 


When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 several of the contributors to When Women Wrote Hollywood gathered at the Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri for a signing and launch party that functioned like a mini-reunion of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Class of 2017.

Many thanks to all who came to hear them each speak with passion about the research subjects who became whole chapters in this book of essays on female screenwriters from the Silent Era into the 1940s.

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Quality time with our friend’s huge, polydactyl (six-toed) cat, Mou. via Instagram

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When Women Wrote Hollywood – My Favorite Wife (1940), Wr: Bella and Sam Spewack – 43 in a series

To highlight the wonderful yet largely forgotten work of a collection of female screenwriters from the early years of Hollywood (and as a companion to the book, When Women Wrote Hollywood) we will be posting quick bits about the many films they wrote along with links to further information and clips from their works which are still accessible online. Take a few moments once or twice a week to become familiar with their names and their stories. I think you’ll be surprised at how much bold material these writers tackled at the birth of this new medium. — Rosanne Welch

When Women Wrote Hollywood – My Favorite Wife (1940), Wr: Bella and Sam Spewack – 43 in a series

When Women Wrote Hollywood - My Favorite Wife (1940), Wr: Bella and Sam Spewack – 43 in a series

My Favorite Wife (released in the U.K. as My Favourite Wife) is a 1940 screwball comedy produced and co-written by Leo McCarey and directed by Garson Kanin. The picture stars Irene Dunne as a woman who returns to her husband and children after being shipwrecked on a tropical island for several years, and Cary Grant as her husband. The story is an adaptation of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Enoch Arden”; in tribute, the main characters’ last name is Arden. The supporting cast features Gail Patrick as the woman Arden has just married when his first wife, now declared dead, returns, and Randolph Scott as the man with whom his wife had been marooned. My Favorite Wife was RKO’s second-biggest hit of 1940. — Wikipedia

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Event: Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier Present “The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma Di Cesnola” – Chapman University – November 28, 2018

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The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma Di Cesnola

Book signing with authors Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier following presentation

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24 Monkees, Girlfriends and Wives from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1:00)

What this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

24 Monkees, Girlfriends and Wives from How The Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1:00)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

So his wife would have to travel separately when they were in country with the kid and sometimes she’d hang out with one of the other band members not one of the major guys but like you know the backup guitarist or something and they would look like they were a couple traveling behind The Monkees. Meanwhile he’s going to press events with Sally Field and the fan mags are all telling us Gidget and Davey are about to get together or Davy and Deanna Martin are about to get together right? All of that to feed the press and the newspapers. Not the real guy at all but that’s a third version of who he is right? So this messes them up and it messed the audience up because in America we’re not good with the idea of Renaissance people — that people have more than one Talent. So back when the show goes off the air it’s very hard for any of these guys to get work again because everybody thinks they’re this goofy set of guys who lives in that funny apartment on Malibu and they’re not really serious right?


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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When Women Wrote Hollywood – Bella and Sam Spewack – 42 in a series

To highlight the wonderful yet largely forgotten work of a collection of female screenwriters from the early years of Hollywood (and as a companion to the book, When Women Wrote Hollywood) we will be posting quick bits about the many films they wrote along with links to further information and clips from their works which are still accessible online. Take a few moments once or twice a week to become familiar with their names and their stories. I think you’ll be surprised at how much bold material these writers tackled at the birth of this new medium. — Rosanne Welch

When Women Wrote Hollywood – Bella and Sam Spewack – 42 in a series

When Women Wrote Hollywood - Bella and Sam Spewack – 42 in a series

Samuel (September 16, 1899 – October 14, 1971) and Bella Spewack (March 25, 1899 – April 27, 1990) were a husband-and-wife writing team.

Samuel, who also directed many of their plays, was born in Ukraine. He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City[1] and then received his degree from Columbia College.

They settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania. In the latter part of the decade, Samuel wrote several novels, including Mon Paul, The Skyscraper Murder, and The Murder in the Gilded Cage, on his own, while the pair collaborated on plays. The two wrote several plays and screenplays for mostly B-movies throughout the 1930s, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story for My Favorite Wife in 1940. They also penned a remake of Grand Hotel, entitled Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), which starred Ginger Rogers.

Always known as a turbulent couple, the Spewaks were in the midst of their own marital woes in 1948 when they were approached to write the book for Kiss Me, Kate, which centered on a once-married couple of thespians who use the stage on which they’re performing as a battling ground. Bella initially began working with composer Cole Porter on her own, but theatrical necessity overcame marital sparks, and the Spewacks completed the project together. It yielded each of them two Tony Awards, one for Best Musical, the other for Best Author of a Musical. Kiss Me, Kate proved to be their most successful work. — Wikipedia

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Quote from “America’s Forgotten Founding Father” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 36 in a series – Writing and Dinners

Learn more about the American Revolution through the eyes of an important, Italian Immigrant, Filippo Mazzei.
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“Filippo also conceded that he was more useful in writing and publishing on timely topics and in private conversations with high ranking men so he began that work in earnest. He spent his nights entertaining dinner debates with land owners from around the colony and his spare time writing to members of Congress.”

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3 Great Gifts for the Readers in your Life from Dr. Rosanne Welch

3 Great Gifts for the Readers in your Life from Dr. Rosanne Welch

Looking for great gifts for the readers in your life? Check out these 3 books from Dr. Rosanne Welch.

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Rosanne and front window display of “When Women Wrote Hollywood” before reading and Signing event at Skylark Bookshop

Rosanne and front window display of “When Women Wrote Hollywood” before reading and Signing event at Skylark Bookshop

Rosanne and front window display of “When Women Wrote Hollywood” before reading and Signing event at Skylark Bookshop (@skylarkbookshop) in Columbia, Missouri during the @citizenjanefilmfestival 


When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 several of the contributors to When Women Wrote Hollywood gathered at the Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Missouri for a signing and launch party that functioned like a mini-reunion of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Class of 2017.

Many thanks to all who came to hear them each speak with passion about the research subjects who became whole chapters in this book of essays on female screenwriters from the Silent Era into the 1940s.

Check it out!

Video: When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

 

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