Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age

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Working with a varied and untraditional cast of characters—Wyatt Earp, Jack London, Clara Bow, Gertrude Stein, and Ida Lupino—author Marsha Orgeron examines the Hollywood ambitions of a fading western legend, a successful popular author, a poor Brooklyn girl turned flapper icon, a self-proclaimed avant-garde genius, and a frustrated actress on her way to becoming a director. Investigating their separate involvements with the expanding film industry, Orgeron illustrates the implications of film celebrity during the era in which cinema’s impact was first felt. The aspirations of these individuals demonstrate the unifying role that the American motion picture capital played in shaping cultural notions of reputation, success, glamour, and visibility. Through extensive and unprecedented primary research and illuminating analyses of films, texts, and personal writings, each chapter provides new insight into its subject’s dealings in the mythic city. Hollywood Ambitions affords a unique understanding of the tremendous diversity of the Hollywood experience and its allure in the first half of the cinematic century.
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“Hollywood Ambitions is a fascinating study of how the cultural idea of Hollywood transformed notions of success, reputation, and celebrity in the first half of the twentieth-century."—Joanna Rapf, Quarterly Review of Film and Video
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819568649
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Series: Wesleyan Film
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

MARSHA ORGERON is an assistant professor and director of film studies at North Carolina State University, where she teaches a range of courses focused on Hollywood history.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Hollywood Ambitions     1
Celebrity in the Movie Age     17
When the West Was Done: Wyatt Earp in Hollywood     31
Rethinking Authorship in Jack London's Hollywood     63
Making It in Hollywood: Clara Bow and the Cycle of the Fan Magazine     99
"If We Are Ever to Be in Hollywood": Gertrude Stein's Moving Images     136
Redirecting Reputation: Ida Lupino's Hollywood Fictions     170
Epilogue: Alternative Systems: Celebrity after Hollywood     204
Notes     209
Bibliography     241
Index     255
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