Trailblazing Women: Hidden Hollywood

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Women who worked in the industry as producers, editors and writers. Aired on TCM on October 2017

1. Bess Meredyth

Writer | A Woman of Affairs

Bess Meredyth was born on February 12, 1890 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Helen Elizabeth MacGlashen. She was a writer and actress, known for A Woman of Affairs (1928), Wonder of Women (1929) and Metropolitan (1935). She was married to Michael Curtiz, Wilfred Lucas and Burton Leslie. She died on ...

2. Jeanie Macpherson

Actress | The Merchant of Venice

Born in Boston to Evangeline Tomlinson and John Sinclair Macpherson. Jeanie Macperson was educated at Madame de Facq's school in Paris, the Kenwood Institute in Chicago and took dancing lessons from Theodore Kosloff. Her stage experience began when she got the lead in a school play and was awarded ...

3. Dorothy Parker

Writer | A Star Is Born

Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, 1893 into a family of comfortable financial means. Raised by her father and Stepmother after her mother's death, she was given an excellent education for the times. Highly intelligent, she pursued a career after her formal education and proved herself to be...

4. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

5. Anita Loos

Writer | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

While she is now best known for her book "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. She began writing screen scenarios for the 'Biograph Company' at an early age (though not 12, as she later claimed), and the first to be produced, The New York Hat (...

6. Lenore J. Coffee

Writer | Four Daughters

Novelist and screenwriter, educated at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. An avid movie enthusiast in her youth, she came to films after replying to an advertising campaign launched by actress Clara Kimball Young, who was on the lookout for better scripts. Coffee won the competition and ...

7. Leigh Brackett

Writer | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Leigh Douglass Brackett was born in 1915 in Los Angeles. She was the author of numerous short stories and books regarding science fiction and has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera. Hollywood director Howard Hawks was so impressed by one of her novels that he had his secretary call in "...

8. Ruth Gordon

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 ...

9. Betty Comden

Soundtrack | On the Town

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time"), author and actress. educated at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student, she acted with the Washington Square Players. She was a member of the Revuers, a night club act which also ...

10. Jay Presson Allen

Writer | Cabaret

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she ...

11. Anne Bauchens

Editor | The Ten Commandments

Anne Bauchens was a pioneering film editor who had a long-standing partnership with director Cecil B. DeMille. In fact, she first edited a DeMille film in 1915 and then edited all of his films for 38 years, beginning with We Can't Have Everything (1918) and ending with The Ten Commandments (1956). ...

12. Margaret Booth

Editor | Mutiny on the Bounty

Margaret Booth was born on January 14, 1898 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is known for her work on Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Murder by Death (1976) and Annie (1982). She died on October 28, 2002 in Los Angeles.

13. Dede Allen

Editor | Dog Day Afternoon

Dede Allen started her career as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. She graduated to being a sound cutter and assistant editor. Her first job as a film editor was for director Robert Wise, and since then, she has achieved a reputation as one of the most stylish and creative editors in the American ...

14. Verna Fields

Editor | Jaws

Verna Fields was born on March 21, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Verna Hellman. She is known for her work on Jaws (1975), American Graffiti (1973) and Paper Moon (1973). She was married to Sam Fields. She died on November 30, 1982 in Encino, California, USA.

15. Marcia Lucas

Editor | Star Wars

Marcia Lucas was born on October 4, 1945 in Modesto, California, USA as Marcia Lou Griffin. She is known for her work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Taxi Driver (1976) and American Graffiti (1973).

16. Anne V. Coates

Editor | In the Line of Fire

After harrowing experiences as a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery hospital in East Grinstead, Anne Coates started to fulfil her long-held ambition to be a film director with a company called Religious Films. The work consisted of patching up prints of devotional shorts ...

17. Carol Littleton

Editor | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Carol Littleton was born in 1948 in Oklahoma, USA. She is an editor, known for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Dreamcatcher (2003). She has been married to John Bailey since March 11, 1972.

19. Thelma Schoonmaker

Editor | The Departed

Thelma Schoonmaker was born on January 3, 1940 in Algiers, Algeria as Thelma Colbert Schoonmaker. She is an editor, known for The Departed (2006), Raging Bull (1980) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). She was previously married to Michael Powell.

20. June Mathis

Writer | Blood and Sand

June Mathis was born June Beulah Hughes in 1887 in Leadville, Colorado. Her father died at a young age and her mother married William Mathis. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she would proudly consider her hometown for the rest of her life.

At the age of 13 she pursued a career in ...

21. Virginia Van Upp

Producer | Gilda

Virginia Van Upp was a producer and screenwriter who worked her way up in the film industry after having been a script reader, script editor, casting director, and agent. She was married with one child when she was named Executive Producer of Columbia Pictures by Harry Cohn in 1945. A woman would ...

22. Joan Harrison

Writer | Rebecca

In 1933, she was hired to be a secretary by Alfred Hitchcock. She soon graduated to reading books and scripts, writing synopses and contributing to scripts. In 1939, she accompanied Hitchcock to Hollywood, working as his assistant and as a writer. In 1941, she was hired as a scriptwriter by MGM. In...

23. Harriet Parsons

Producer | Clash by Night

Harriet Parsons was born on August 23, 1906 in Burlington, Iowa, USA as Harriet Oettinger Parsons. She was a producer and director, known for Clash by Night (1952), The Enchanted Cottage (1945) and Joan of Ozark (1942). She was married to King Kennedy. She died on January 2, 1983 in Santa Monica, ...

24. Julia Phillips

Producer | The Sting

Julia Phillips was born on April 7, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Julia Miller. She was a producer and actress, known for The Sting (1973), Taxi Driver (1976) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). She was married to Michael Phillips. She died on January 1, 2002 in West Hollywood,...

25. Kathleen Kennedy

Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Kathleen Kennedy worked in San Diego local television before moving to Los Angeles, where she was hired by Steven Spielberg as a secretary on the production of 1941 (1979). Both later reported that she was lacking as a typist but had good production ideas. She was an associate to Mr. Spielberg on ...



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