Watch award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin talk about her newest book, The Women Who Built Hollywood: 12 Trailblazers in Front of and Behind the Camera. Discover the electrifying untold stories of the pioneering and groundbreaking women of Old Hollywood.

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About the book:  Discover the electrifying untold stories of the pioneering and groundbreaking women of Old Hollywood in The Women Who Built Hollywood: 12 Trailblazers In Front of and Behind the Curtain, written by Susan Goldman Rubin. In the early twentieth century, women from all walks of life fought against sexism and racism to succeed in Hollywood as actors, directors, costume designers, editors, and stuntwomen. From well-known, glamorous starlets like Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish, to under-appreciated trailblazers like Anna May Wong and Hattie McDaniel, this book shows that movies wouldn’t be the same without the women who succeeded against the odds and built Hollywood from the ground up.

Kirkus Reviews raves about The Women Who Built Hollywood: “With a clearly written narrative bolstered by delightful, behind-the-scenes photography, the book not only delves into the histories of 12 women who played various professional roles in the industry, but examines how historical events like world wars, the Great Depression, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and Jim Crow impacted their careers. The racism some of these women faced is described with thoughtfulness and accuracy...An accessible, well-researched book highlighting pioneering women creatives.”

Filled with fascinating photographs and little-known facts, this rigorously researched book begins with a foreword from Ruth E Carter, who won Academy Awards for her work on Marvel Studios' Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: “These women did not just build Hollywood, they contributed to its longevity. They were breaking ground and breaking stereotypes. They were role models. They were a founding generation of women in Hollywood who helped future generations not only exist but have the powerful and diverse voice that they have now.”

About the author: Susan Goldman Rubin grew up in the Bronx and dreamed of becoming an artist. She illustrated her first three picture books but then turned to writing nonfiction, mainly about art and history, and is the author of more than 55 books for young people. Her titles include Diego Rivera: An Artist For The People, They Call Me A Hero: A Memoir of My Youth, Music Was It! Young Leonard Bernstein, Everyone Paints! The Art and Lives of the Wyeth Family, and Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi.

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 9:00am