Mollie Gregory began as a documentary filmmaker who wrote a book about her experiences, Making Films Your Business, which The Los Angeles Times dubbed “a cogent and impressively thorough book that may become as indispensable as your film, tape or talent.” She branched into writing fiction–Equal to Princes, Triplets, Privileged Lies–returned to non-fiction, and became a sought-after speaker, particularly on the role and treatment of women in Hollywood.
The combination of women, action and the movies has been completely unexplored. Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, is based on interviews with 60 women. Stuntwomen are athletes and actors who performed stunts since The Perils of Pauline. Reviews included: “This is a joyous, intense book: Gregory is bracingly up front about the outright sexism that has dogged professional stuntwomen almost from the beginning . . . Gregory, who interviewed dozens of stuntwomen of all ages, focuses on much more than injustices and legal battles. What comes through most strongly is the joy these women take from their work.”—New York Times Book Review
In Women Who Run the Show, How A Brilliant and Creative New Generation Stormed Hollywood (St. Martin’s Press), Gregory 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.”
Mollie Gregory is a member of the Writers Guild of America, a past president of Women in Film, past president of PEN America, and 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 chaired “For the Record,” a program that compiled (2010-2014) a history of the 44-year-old organization to expand and encourage Women in Film and other women’s groups to preserve their history.
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”). Currently, she is writing a novel about lively characters in the business of movies.