Hollywood Politicos, Then And Now

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Overview

This book is an exploration and analysis of the political activism of Hollywood celebrities and organizations. It covers early Hollywood unionism like the creation of the Screen Actors Guild and the Screen Writers Guild, as well as the actors and directors who organized against Nazism and Franco's Spanish activists during World War II. The author discusses the special role that Hollywood played during the war years and then moves on to 'celebrity-centered' activism, with the notable examples during the 1960s and 1970s of Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, Barbara Streisand, Warren Beatty, and Jane Fonda. The main portion of the book profiles contemporary activism by current Hollywood stars, including Angelina Jolie, Michael J. Fox, Ashley Judd, and George Clooney. The author examines their political agendas and activism, as well as their impact on today's American political landscape and policy-making in Washington, D.C. Using facts, figures, lighthearted commentary and trivia, this book provides a political and historical perspective on the nature of our society's reverence for stars and what it may say about us as a democratic society.

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Editorial Reviews

The All State
Dr. Greg Rabidoux presents an intriguing and captivating overview of the interaction between politics and Hollywood. This cleverly written and thought-provoking book is accessible to readers of all levels and rich in information detailing the impact Hollywood has had on politics and vice versa. Rabidoux asks readers, especially the younger generation, to critically examine politics and the role actors-turned-politicos play in influencing public opinion. This book is highly recommended!
— Kasey Henricks, Editor-in-Chief
The All State - Kasey Henricks
Dr. Greg Rabidoux presents an intriguing and captivating overview of the interaction between politics and Hollywood. This cleverly written and thought-provoking book is accessible to readers of all levels and rich in information detailing the impact Hollywood has had on politics and vice versa. Rabidoux asks readers, especially the younger generation, to critically examine politics and the role actors-turned-politicos play in influencing public opinion. This book is highly recommended!
Dr. Joe Filippo
This book is a worthy addition to coffee tables across America for all who savor cinema, politics, and the colorful personalities who have shaped these fertile fields.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761845485
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Rabidoux, Ph.D. and J.D., is assistant professor of political science at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface: The Intersection of Hollywood and Politics Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 From the mouths of (Hollywood Politico) Babes Part 4 Act I: Early Days of Hollywood Part 5 Chapter 1: Setting the Political Stage Part 6 Chapter 2: Two Tales of One City Part 7 Chapter 3: (Please) Let Us Entertain You! Part 8 Act II: Who They Are Part 9 Chapter 4: But Will We Take Them Seriously? Part 10 Chapter 5: Ready for Our Close-ups—Hollywood Politicos, Then (Part One)—Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, Barbara Streisand Part 11 Chapter 6: Ready for Our Close-ups—Hollywood Politicos, Then (Part Two)—Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston Part 12 Chapter 7: Ready for Our Close-ups—Hollywood Politicos, Now (The Boys)—George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen. Part 13 The Honorable Mentions Part 14 Chapter 8: Ready for Our Close-ups—Hollywood Politicos, Now (The Girls)—Jessica Lange, Janeane Garofalo, Patricia Heaton, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Rosie O'Donnell, Susan Sarandon. Part 15 The Honorable Mentions Part 16 Act III: What They Want Part 17 Chapter 9: Hollywood Goes to Washington—At Work in Front of the Bright (Congressional) Lights Part 18 Chapter 10: Hollywood Movers and Shakers and King and Queen Makers Part 19 Chapter 11: Hollywood at Work, On-Screen Part 20 Final Act: Why it Matters Part 21 Chapter 12: Conclusion Part 22 Appendices (Bonus Features)—Hollywood Politio Trivia: The Final Test, Master Level Part 23 The Felix Awards Part 24 The Final Scene: Drawn and Quartered: The Hollywood Politico Sketches Part 25 Endnotes

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