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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ISBN-13: 9781335937803
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 32,385
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ShihTzuMama 17 days ago
I began reading Mallory O’Mara’s THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON with high hopes. It purported to be the story of Milicent Patrick, a woman who in the early 1950’s became the first woman hired in the Universal Studios make up department to create special effects for their “horror” movies. Patrick was primarily responsible for the creation of the “gill man” creature mask/makeup used for the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. The “studio big wigs” were so impressed with her creation (it also didn’t hurt that she was a beautiful woman) they sent her on a press tour to promote the movie and her warm reception and the adulation she received greatly angered her boss “Bud Westmore”. Seems Westmore was a little weasel who liked to take personal credit for all his underlings’ accomplishments and proceeded to see to it that Patrick was fired. Overall, it appears that Milicent Patrick was a bad luck lady…..when it came to her career as well as the men she chose to date and marry. That portion of the book is fairly informative and interesting. What I had a problem with was author O’Meara’s insistence in placing herself in this story as she compares the problems Patrick faced in “white male dominated” Hollywood of the 50’s and 60’s and those she purports to be facing today…over 60 years later. She repeatedly launches into a diatribe covering her own experiences in Hollywood and feels the need to liberally pepper these harangues with four letter epithets. There was so much personal information about the author----from her unusual hair color and her unusual tattoos to her friends, her career and her personal views and opinions that I came away from my reading wondering if this was the biography of Milicent Patrick OR the autobiography of Mallory O’Mara.
Anonymous 13 days ago
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marongm8 19 days ago
I am very familiar with the Black Lagoon picture books and the legend of the monster that poisons humans into being from the "Black Lagoon." The book from beginning to end was so invigoratingly interesting that I wondered what its really like being in Milicent Patrick's shoes and finding out all the secrets of the monster and then go MIA until Mallory O'Meara discovers your tracks and finds clues in your past and then finds out the truth. A nail-biting page turner that sure left me breathless and you can definitely expect the unexpected when you read this book. The book is also inspiring of the passion and determination Mallory had when she uncovered this mystery and then later went on to a successful career with Disney. That is why we give this book 5 stars.