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We’re hosting Susan Goldman Rubin as she celebrates the launch of THE WOMEN WHO BUILT HOLLYWOOD. Susan will be joined in conversation by Cari Beauchamp!
Event format: 30 minute chat, followed by audience Q&A and book signing
About the book:
While recent phenomena like #OscarsSoWhite have reminded us that Hollywood can be an unfriendly place to people of color and to women, they have been an integral part of the industry from the beginning. In the early twentieth century, women from all walks of life fought against sexism and racism to succeed in Hollywood as actors, directors, costume designers, editors, and stunt women. From well-known, glamorous starlets like Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish, to under-appreciated trailblazers like Anna May Wong and Hattie McDaniel, acclaimed author Susan Goldman Rubin shows that movies wouldn’t be the same without the women who succeeded against the odds and built Hollywood from the ground up. Filled with fascinating photographs and little-known facts, this rigorously researched book begins with a foreword by Ruth E Carter, who won Academy Awards in 2019 and 2023 for her work on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
About the authors:
Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of more than 55 books for young people. Her titles include Sing and Shout and Degas, Painter of Ballerinas. Susan has been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for more than 20 years. Visit susangoldmanrubin.com.
Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and five other books on film history. She is a Vanity Fair contributor and writes for a variety of magazines. She has written and produced documentaries and her work has been nominated for an Emmy and a Writers Guild award. Cari is the only person to twice be named an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar, served on the board of PEN and was a judge for the LA Times Book Awards for biography for 5 years.