The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

by Mallory O'Meara
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

by Mallory O'Meara

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Overview

This acclaimed biography shines a light on a trailblazing woman who created a classic movie monster—and the author’s quest to rescue her from obscurity.

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But while Patrick should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available about her. As O’Meara discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague and her career had been cut short. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

A Hugo and Locus Award Finalist

A Thrillist Best Book of the Year

One of Booklist’s 10 Best Art Books of the Year


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488098741
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 633,129
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Mallory O'Meara is an author, screenwriter and a producer for the independent film company Dark Dunes Productions. Whether it is for the screen or the page, she seeks creative projects imbued with horror and monsters. A New England native, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 11

Introduction 13

1 Establishing Shot 21

2 Fade In 41

3 Smash Cut 74

4 Dissolve 87

5 Wipe 110

6 Jump Cut 127

7 Monster Mash 140

8 The Beauty and the Beast 178

9 Montage 203

10 Iris 236

11 Cross-Cut 258

12 Cutaway 276

13 Fade Out 292

Epilogue 300

Afterword 309

Acknowledgments 311

Sources 313

Interviews 319

Index 321

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