Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom

Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom

by Mary C. Beltran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252076516

ISBN-13: 9780252076510

Pub. Date: 07/14/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This book explores the role film and television stardom has played in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging popular ethnic notions of Latina/os in the United States since the silent film era of the 1920s. In addition to documenting the importance of Latina and Latino stars to American film and television history, Mary C. Beltrán focuses on key moments

Overview

This book explores the role film and television stardom has played in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging popular ethnic notions of Latina/os in the United States since the silent film era of the 1920s. In addition to documenting the importance of Latina and Latino stars to American film and television history, Mary C. Beltrán focuses on key moments in the construction of "Hollywood Latinidad" by analyzing the public images of these stars as promoted by Hollywood film studios, television networks, producers, and the performers themselves. Critically surveying the careers of such film and television stars as Dolores Del Rio, Desi Arnaz, Rita Moreno, Freddie Prinze, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez, Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes also addresses the impact of the rise in Latina and Latino media producers and the current status of Latina/o stardom. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076510
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
07/14/2009
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,068,248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Latina and Latino Stars in U.S. Eyes 1

1 Latin Lovers and American Accents: Dolores Del Rio and Hollywood's Transition to Sound 17

2 The Good Neighbor on Prime Time: Desi Arnaz and I Love Lucy 40

3 A Fight for "Dignity and Integrity": Rita Moreno in Hollywood's Postwar Era 62

4 The Burden of Playing Chico: Freddie Prinze and Latino Stardom in Television's Era of "Relevance" 86

5 The Face of the "Decade": Edward James Olmos and Latino Films of the 1980s 108

6 Crossing Over the Latina Body: Jennifer Lopez and the 1990s "Latin Wave" 131

7 Ethnic Ambiguity in the Era of Dark Angels: Jessica Alba and Mixed Latina/o Trends 154

Notes 173

Index 201

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