From Mae to Madonna: Women Entertainers in Twentieth-century America

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University Press of Kentucky

Entertainers were the first group of successful women to capture the public eye, taking to the stage in vaudeville and film and redefining their place in society. June Sochen introduces the white, African American, and Latina women who danced on Broadway, fell on bananas in silent films, and wisecracked in smoky clubs, as well as the modern icons of today's movies and popular music. Sochen considers such women as Mae West, Bette Davis, Shirley Temple, Lucille Ball, and Mary Tyler Moore to discover what show business did for them and what they did for the world of entertainment. She uses the life of 30s and 40s Latina star Lupe Velez as a case study of the roles available to Latinas in popular culture. She then contrasts her story with that of the African American action star Pam Grier to demonstrate the old and new ways minority women are portrayed in popular culture. From Mae to Madonna places each woman within the context of her time and talks about her relationship with dominant female stereotypes. Sochen discusses women's roles as Mary, Eve, and Lilith and asks thought-provoking questions. Why did the Depression give women movie stars so many important roles while the so-called feminist 1970s did not? Why has television been a congenial venue for women comics while film has not? In examining how entertainers worked within or transformed particular genres and how their personal and public lives affected their careers, From Mae to Madonna casts the spotlight on a series of remarkable women and their dramatic effect on America's popular culture.


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These two volumes examine the historical impact of women in the entertainment industry, offering perceptive comments about American culture in the process. Sochen (history, Northeastern Illinois Univ ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Black Women Vaudevillians
Bawdy Women Entertainers
Entertainer as Reformer
Women Movie Stars as Role Models
Child Stars
Minority Women in Popular Culture
Women Comics
Change within Continuity
Where Are We Now?
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Strona 28 - I've got a disposition and a way of my own, When my man starts to kicking I let him find a new home, I get full of good liquor, walk the street all night, Go home and put my man out if he don't act right. Wild women don't worry, Wild women don't have the blues. You never get nothing by being an angel child, You'd better change your ways an' get real wild. I wanta' tell you something, I wouldn't tell you no lie, Wild women are the only kind that ever get by.
Strona 47 - The only cheerful song in her repertory yesterday was one in which she hinted that some day she would retire. Miss Tanguay is billed as a 'bombshell.
Strona 48 - Eva said years after her triumph, "so I mixed in some Highland Fling and Sailor's Hornpipe and everything else I knew. And I sang as I danced and dropped one veil after another. "I also did something else that no one else had thought of. Instead of dancing around holding the papier mache head I hired a Negro boy with big eyes. I sat him on the side of the stage, all covered up. As I began to dance, I uncovered his head which, to the audience, appeared to be resting on a silver tray.

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