Women in Hollywood

Women in Hollywood

In 1948 women made up some 25% of the writers in Hollywood. By 1974 that number had fallen to 14%. late the imbalance of women to men in creative Hollywood has focused public and industry attention on a problem as old as the picture business itself: what is a woman to...
The Blacklist Era

The Blacklist Era

“Now all that youthful fervor for social justice, on behalf of labor’s right to organize, including the right to strike if need be…that has condemned me. Condemned us.” Despite a longstanding love of film and the darkened theatre, I had never given much thought...
Television

Television

“Television, gentlemen, is the great, roaring beast in the basement of the entertainment industry. You just kept throwing chunks of meat at it, and it roars the louder, and wants more.” In 1949 my father, mother and I, a pre-schooler, moved to Great Falls,...
The Power and Peril of the Past

The Power and Peril of the Past

“The novelist is one on whom nothing is lost.” ~Henry James Crescendo began its life as a tale told to me one evening by a man in his sixties or seventies, a friend of a friend.   Urbane, sophisticated, well-traveled, he had the distinguished last name of...
What If

What If

Weddings bring out the best and the worst in families. When my friends’ daughter got married, they braced for the worst. Theirs was an oft-married family, as was the groom’s. Into the church day the older generation—on both sides—entered with their respective, several...
For Love of Paris

For Love of Paris

Though I am a life-long Francophile, I had never read Les Misérables until after I saw the musical in London in 1986. The book seemed to me a tale of injustice and identity, yes, but more than that, a love poem, a paean to the city of Paris. Hugo lovingly describes...