Women and Hollywood

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Date(s) - 14/09/2018
7:00 pm

Victoria Hall

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Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Marie Dressler was an early celebrity leader of opportunities for women. In 1919, at the peak of her Broadway stage career, Marie was active in the Actors’ Equity Strike, standing up for the plight of chorus girls. As a result, once the strike was settled, Marie suffered great personal hardship as the Broadway theatre owners ensured Marie would never work on Broadway again. In her 1934 autobiography, Marie championed the right of every woman to self-esteem. She wrote: “To this day, I contend that every woman has the right to feel beautiful, no matter how scrambled her feature or how indifferent her figure. She needs this inward assurance to give her serenity, poise and power. It is her birthright.” Some eighty years later, opportunities for women is still an important issue.

With this in mind, we have invited two speakers to talk about this issue in a public forum. Firstly, Matthew Kennedy, author of “Marie Dressler: A Biography” will speak about Marie Dressler’s role in social activism, and how her generosity and commitment of her humanitarian efforts translates into the warm and unforgettable screen performances that have delighted audiences for over a century.

Our featured speaker, Cari Beauchamp is the award-winning author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood” and five other books of film history. Her books have been selected for “Best of the Year” by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Amazon. She is a Vanity Fair contributor, appears on Turner Classic Movies (and at their yearly film festival), and is the only person to twice be named an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar. She has written and produced documentaries that were nominated for an Emmy and WGA Award. Ms. Beauchamp serves as the Resident Scholar of Mary Pickford Foundation and is on the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Ms. Beauchamp will speak about the powerful role of women in front of and behind the camera in early Hollywood, as well as the importance of communities of women then and now.

Please refer to www.matthewkennedybooks.com/ and www.caribeauchamp.com for more details about these two speakers. Both authors will be signing books available for purchase onsite.

Location: Concert Hall in Victoria Hall, 55 King St. W., Cobourg, ON Ticket Price: $27.50 plus handling

Tickets now on sale at Victoria Hall Cobourg or at www.mariedressler.ca