“When Women Wrote Hollywood”, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Cal State University, Fullerton

I've taken part in the Pollak Library Faculty Noon Time Talks for the last couple of years.  This year I had a great time delivering this lecture built around all the wonderful female screenwriters included in my book When Women Wrote Hollywood. Thanks to subject librarian John Hickok for organizing these events - and for the nice introduction.Part of the California State University, Fullerton Faculty Noon Time Talks at the Pollak Library.Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses the women in her new book “When Women Wrote Hollywood” which covers female screenwriters from the Silents through the early 1940s when women wrote over 50% of films and Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter (male or female) and the first to win 2 Oscars.  Yet, she fails to appear in film history books, which continue to regurgitate the myth that male directors did it all – even though it’s been proven that the only profitable movies Cecil B. de Mille ever directed were all written by Jeannie Macpherson film ever won for Best Picture was written by Robert E. Sherwood (who people have heard of, mostly due to his connection to Dorothy Parker) and Joan Harrison.Buy a signed copy of when Women Wrote Hollywood   Paperback Edition | Kindle Edition | Google Play Edition* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs ** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! † Available from the LA Public Library

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Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses the women in her new book “When Women Wrote Hollywood” which covers female screenwriters from the Silents through the early 1940s when women wrote over 50% of films and Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter (male or female) and the first to win 2 Oscars.  Yet, she fails to appear in film history books, which continue to regurgitate the myth that male directors did it all – even though it’s been proven that the only profitable movies Cecil B. de Mille ever directed were all written by Jeannie Macpherson film ever won for Best Picture was written by Robert E. Sherwood (who people have heard of, mostly due to his connection to Dorothy Parker) and Joan Harrison.

 

 

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“When Women Wrote Hollywood”, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Cal State University, Fullerton [Video] (53 minutes, 30 seconds)

I’ve taken part in the Pollak Library Faculty Noon Time Talks for the last couple of years.  This year I had a great time delivering this lecture built around all the wonderful female screenwriters included in my book When Women Wrote Hollywood

Thanks to subject librarian John Hickok for organizing these events – and for the nice introduction.

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Part of the California State University, Fullerton Faculty Noon Time Talks at the Pollak Library.

Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses the women in her new book “When Women Wrote Hollywood” which covers female screenwriters from the Silents through the early 1940s when women wrote over 50% of films and Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter (male or female) and the first to win 2 Oscars.  Yet, she fails to appear in film history books, which continue to regurgitate the myth that male directors did it all – even though it’s been proven that the only profitable movies Cecil B. de Mille ever directed were all written by Jeannie Macpherson film ever won for Best Picture was written by Robert E. Sherwood (who people have heard of, mostly due to his connection to Dorothy Parker) and Joan Harrison.

 

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Quote from “America’s Forgotten Founding Father” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 51 in a series – Back in Virginia

Learn more about the American Revolution through the eyes of an important, Italian Immigrant, Filippo Mazzei.
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“Filippo arrived back in his beloved Virginia in November, 1783, troubled by several immediate events. He learned Jefferson had just left for Boston enroute to France to serve as Franklin’s replacement as America’s representative in that country. Franklin’s resignation came from his desire to, as he wrote Filippo, “end my days in my own country.” Filippo immediately wrote a phalanx of letters to his various contacts in France, avowing that, while they all felt Franklin would be a great loss to their circle, Jefferson would make a worthy replacement.”

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God’s Messenger: The Astounding Achievements of Mother Cabrini – The Mentoris Project Podcast [Audio]

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Today’s guest is Nicole Gregory, author of God’s Messenger: The Astounding Achievements of Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini was a Catholic nun who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1946.

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Dr. Rosanne Welch Speaks at the Golden Leaves Presentation, Cal Poly Pomona University Library [Video] (6 minutes, 8 seconds)

Dr. Rosanne Welch Honored with 2019 Golden Leaves Award for 2 New Books at Cal Poly Pomona

Dr. Rosanne Welch Speaks at the Golden Leaves Presentation, Cal Poly Pomona University Library

 

Golden Leaves Presentations 2019 at Cal Poly Pomona University Library.

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on her 2 new books for the 2018-2019 season, “Technical Innovation in American History; An Encyclopedia of Science and Technology” and “When Women Wrote Hollywood”.

Since 1986, the Golden Leaves program has celebrated those members of the Cal Poly Pomona campus community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees) who have authored or edited a book* in the preceding year. The Golden Leaves program is funded by the University Library.

Each year, books published by Cal Poly Pomona authors are on display in the Library during the month of April. The Golden Leaves program is celebrated annually at the University Library in conjunction with National Library Week.

*A book is defined (per UNESCO) as “a non-periodical printed publication of at least forty-nine pages, exclusive of cover pages.”

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Dr. Rosanne Welch Honored with 2019 Golden Leaves Award for 2 New Books at Cal Poly Pomona

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Quote: “They were all very accomplished people.” from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees – 8 in a series

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“What if I interview all the writers of The Monkees? All the people who are in their 80’s who once wrote for The Monkees who are still alive. So I met with the writers of the show and it was fascinating. They had also written for many other things — Get Smart, Laugh-In. They’d won Emmys for The Mary Tyler Moore Show later in their career. They were all very accomplished people.

from Rosanne Welch talks about “Why The Monkees Matter” with Jean Hopkins Power

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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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More On The Monkees: Mike Nesmith opens up on touring without Monkees bandmate Peter via the Courier Mail

 

It’s always nice when they refer to each other as old friends after all these years. — Rosanne

More On The Monkees: Mike Nesmith opens up on touring without Monkees bandmate Peter via the Courier Mail

WHEN Monkees members Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz launched their tour in the US mid-last year, bandmate Peter Tork would have been aware the cancer he had battled for nine years had returned.
At the time Tork said he wouldn’t be touring because he planned to focus on his Lead Belly tribute album Relax Your Mind.

“Peter was very private,” Nesmith said.

“He didn’t discuss it with me or really anybody else. The doctors all had different opinions about it.

“What I made the decision to do was to stand by his side, be a friend and give him as good a send-off as I know how to give from this plane of existence.”

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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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Dr. Rosanne Welch Honored with 2019 Golden Leaves Award for 2 New Books at Cal Poly Pomona

Dr. Rosanne Welch Honored with 2019 Golden Leaves Award for 2 New Books at Cal Poly Pomona

Thanks to the librarians at Cal Poly Pomona for all the work they do in preparing the Annual Golden Leaves Awards honoring faculty members (current and emeritus) who have published works this year. 

I’m once again happy to see two of my works included in this year’s list – first, the three volume encyclopedia I co-edited with my good friend and colleague, Peg Lamphier, Technical Innovation in American History and the second is When Women Wrote Hollywood, the collection of essays on female screenwriters from the early days of the film industry which I also edited. 

I can’t wait for the event this Friday the 12th.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Honored with 2019 Golden Leaves Award for 2 New Books at Cal Poly Pomona

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Quote from “America’s Forgotten Founding Father” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 50 in a series – Off To Amsterdam

Learn more about the American Revolution through the eyes of an important, Italian Immigrant, Filippo Mazzei.
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“Filippo then traveled to Amsterdam via Tyrol, Trent, and Frankfort, taking time to enjoy cultural events at each stop including choirs who performed in churches across his trip. They lifted his spirits and reenergized him in his efforts for the new government he had helped to usher in to America. Several of the most successful merchants in the city came to meet Filippo on the word of John Adams who was then at The Hague on his own first trip to Europe as a representative of the United States.”

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16 Conclusion from Why (and How) I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (2 minutes)

A clip from my presentation at the 11th Annual Screenwriting Research Network conference. Held on the campus of the beautiful Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

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16 Conclusion from Why (and How) I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (2 minutes)

In the presentation, I covered the reasons writers have been marginalized – and the reasons they oughtn’t to be so disrespected. Then I talked about how my course works, what books I assign, what guest speakers I invite, what research the students do – and ended on a high note by introducing ‘When Women Wrote Hollywood’ – the book of essays from our inaugural class which has now been published by McFarland.

Transcript:

Luckily we’re in Los Angeles, so we do the research hands-on of the Margaret Herrick Library. These are in the database the screen archivist has created so that you can find the digital things for your own students and much is being scanned and put online for us these days. This is the Writers Guild of America. We have an archive as well of original scripts which is a great test to bring students to read. We don’t have enough writers who give their stuff to the Guild. They give it to the Herrick because that’s fancier and more cool. So we’re trying to give their own personal correspondence to the Writers Guild. Anyway, All of this and my first couple of years led me to realize that when I had started having them do essays — research essays — 20-page research papers, they were all so good in the first year the students were so excited by what they were discovering that I wrote my publisher — emailed my publisher — and said I have twenty really good essays on early women’s screenwriters in Hollywood from Dorothy Parker to Frances Hackett to Ruth Gordon and would you want to publish them? And they said “Yes” and so I was able to give my students their first publications through this course and one of them is here Jackie Perez has an essay in the book. She’s come to the conference for the first time. So this was an amazing thing for me to be able to create through the use of these students. This is that first class who are all published in that book. Even though we’re a women’s college in higher learning you have to accept men so there three men in that class also represented in the book. Men have become interested in our mission which is to provide more female-focused stories and more female writers into the business so it was a really good class. We love them all and that’s what I have to say.

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