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Boston Chapter Event: Friday Morning Coffee Hour: From Mary Pickford to Meryl Streep - Hollywood's Star System and How it Works

Friday, February 5, 2021, 10‑11am EST
Location: Online
Email: bostonchapter@thetransitionnetwork.org

From Mary Pickford to Meryl Streep - Hollywood's Star System and How it Works Presented by Brian Rose

For more than a century, Hollywood relied on start power as the most reliable way to draw an audience.  From the early days of silent movies, when Mary Pickford was able to command $10,000 a week to modern times, when actors like Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks are guaranteed $20 million a picture, the film studios have recognized the crucial role stars played at the box office.

This presentation will look at the history of movie stardom - how originally film actors weren't even identified by name, how Mary Pickford became "America's Sweeheart" and the first real film star, how the Hollywood studios manufactured stars like Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Lana Turner during its Golden Age, how the star system changed once television came on the scene, and how actors like Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington ushered in a new definition of stardom during the last few decades.

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