Mollie Gregory began as a documentary filmmaker. She wrote a book about her experiences, and it changed her life. She became an author of fiction and non-fiction books, a sought-after speaker, particularly on the role and treatment of women in Hollywood, and an officer in several national and international groups.
In Women Who Run the Show, How A Brilliant and Creative New Generation Stormed Hollywood, published by St. Martin’s Press, Mollie interviewed 125 women from trainees to studio heads in the Hollywood film/TV industry. “We are indebted to Gregory for committing to history those who would underestimate their own gains . . . how a band of sisters crashed the all-boys party that was Hollywood.” Lynda Obst, Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Gregory has been interviewed widely—Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, Turner Classic Movies’ 7-part TV series; E! entertainment, CNN, EXTRA!, the WashingtonPost Online, “Type Writing, Diversity in Hollywood,” Words into Pictures, Writers Guild of America. She is a frequent speaker on film subjects, “Hollywood, Sex Discrimination and the Law,” Southwestern University, School of Law; keynote speech, “Pioneers in Film,” The Nell Shipman/Silent Film Festival, University of Idaho; a panel at Show Biz Expo; A Conversation with Mollie Gregory, presented by the Business and Professional Women’s Council the Women’s Bar Association of D.C., and Women in Film & Video at the National Women’s Museum of the Arts, Washington, D.C; keynote speaker, Equal Rights Advocates, San Francisco, CA; Women in Film, Atlanta, Georgia; CSU San Francisco; University of California Irvine, Center for Life Long Learning; Claremont Graduate School and Scripps College; LA Times Book Festival, the High Falls Film Festival, and the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje, Expresión en Corto, Guanajuato, Mexico, “The Global Conversation: Women in Film Today . . . and Tomorrow.”
A member of the Writers Guild of America, a past president of Women in Film, past president of P. E. N. Center USA, she has also served as a U.S. Vice President of the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers. As a trustee of the Women in Film Foundation, she created its History Preservation Plan, and now chairs “For the Record,” a program that compiled (2010-2014) a history of the 43-year-old organization to expand and encourage Women in Film and other women’s groups to preserve their history. To that end, she has drafted a narrative version to be released as a CD to the public.
A cinema school graduate of New York University (BA, MA), she has taught a variety of film and writing courses at the University of Southern California (“Writing the Documentary”), San Francisco State University (“Movies as Role Models”), UCLA (“Writing the Novel”), Los Angeles City College (“Screenwriting and Film Criticism”), Chapman College, Department of Cinema (“Writing for the Screen, fiction and nonfiction, television and film”), CSU Northridge (“Film Financing and Distribution”), drawing on her documentary work recounted in her book, Making Films Your Business. The Los Angeles Times dubbed it “a cogent and impressively thorough book that may become as indispensable as your film, tape or talent.”
Mollie’s published novels include Equal to Princes, Triplets, Privileged Lies. Currently, she is finishing a new novel, Separate Screens, the story of two families in the movie industry, one black, one white, as well as a suspense novel around the legal and not-so-legal antics in a Hollywood talent agency, titled, LoveYouBye.