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  • Brand: Chicago Review Press
  • UPC: 9781613733844
  • Item #: 2256298X
  • Available Date: 2/4/2020
  • Model Number: 9781613733844
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The first biography of Joan Harrison, one of the most influential women of Hollywood's golden era, who, working behind the scenes, shaped the screen style of Alfred Hitchcock.

In 1933, Joan Harrison was a twenty-six-year-old former salesgirl with a dream of escaping both her stodgy London suburb and the dreadful prospect of settling down with one of the local boys. A few short years later, she was Alfred Hitchcock’s confidante and one of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of his first American film, Rebecca. Harrison had quickly grown from being the worst secretary Hitchcock ever had to one of his closest collaborators, critically shaping his brand as the “Master of Suspense.”

Forging her own public persona as the female Hitchcock, Harrison went on to produce numerous Hollywood features before becoming a television pioneer as the producer of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. A respected powerhouse, she acquired a singular reputation for running amazingly smooth productions— and defying anyone who posed an obstacle. She built most of her films and series from the ground up. She waged rough-and-tumble battles against executives and censors, and even helped to break the Hollywood blacklist. She teamed up with many of the most respected, well-known directors, writers, and actors of the twentieth century. And she did it all on her own terms.

Author Christina Lane shows how this stylish, stunning woman became Hollywood’s most powerful female writer-producer—one whom history has since overlooked.

About the Author

Christina Lane has written extensively on film history and aesthetics. Her books include Feminist Hollywood: From Born in Flames to Point Break and Magnolia. An associate professor of film studies and chair of the cinema department at the University of Miami, she makes frequent speaking appearances and has provided commentary to such media outlets as NPR, the Miami Herald, and the Daily Mail.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts

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