Dr. Rosanne Welch is interviewed by MUTV23, on “When Women Wrote Hollywood” [Video] (1:21)

Dr. Rosanne Welch is interviewed by MUTV23, on “When Women Wrote Hollywood”

Dr. Rosanne Welch is interviewed by MUTV23, on

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The goal of our program and the goal of the book in general is to remind people that there was a time in Hollywood when 50% of the writers and producers were women and that was in the silent and the early Hollywood era and then they were all sort of wiped away and what happened was now we think oh can women do that? women did it in droves just a hundred years ago .It was a lot of research for all the different contributors many of who came from Columbia Missouri and it was because a lot of these women don’t have books written about them. They had to look through newspaper archives.They had to look through the Library of Congress. They — you know we could check the internet but the Internet’s not your perfect source for anything. It took a lot of time about six months for everyone to get enough research to be able to write and then the book itself took two years to go through the editing production and then produced available today. I have been a fan of very famous women from the past and Anita Loos, Adela Rodgers St. John. I’ve read their books. I’d seen them on television when I was a child doing talk shows and I thought how fascinating their lives had been and yet I never saw them in the history books that I was given about Hollywood. They always talked about the men. They never talked about the women who done that work and I wanted to create a program and a course that would allow other women to learn how many women had come before them.

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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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.

Check it out!

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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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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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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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Time-lapse:  When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

Time-lapse.: When Women Wrote Hollywood Book Reading and Signing, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, Missouri

A short time-lapse of the entire event.

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!

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

 

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172 Photos from Stephens College Citizen Jane Film Festival 2018

Scenes from the Stephens College Citizen Jane Film Festival 2018 focusing on students of the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting Program.

These students presented 2 programs during Citizen Jane, an academic panel entitled “Frank and Funny: Female Screenwriters Who Should Be More Famous” and a book reading/signing for “When Women Wrote Hollywood”, a collection of essays written by members of the first graduating MFA class and edited by professor, Dr. Rosanne Welch.

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Sarah Wharton, Writer of Adela Rogers St. Johns: Survival of the Feisty via Instagram

Sarah Wharton, Writer of Adela Rogers St. Johns: Survival of the Feisty via Instagram

Sarah Wharton, Writer of Adela Rogers St. Johns: Survival of the Feisty

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.

Check it out!

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

 

Buy a signed copy of when Women Wrote Hollywood

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