How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood
St. Martin’s Press, New York
In 1973 you could count the women producers on one hand. By the 1990s, there were hundreds. What happened? How did it happen? That’s the story of this book and it is told in the first hand accounts of the women who lived it.
Based on more than 125 interviews with women in virtually every segment of the entertainment business—from feature films to television, from corporate offices and new media to the back lot—Women Who Run the Show is the unfiltered account of women’s lives in the Hollywood workplace from the 1970s (“No one wanted us there”) to 2000. How did they make it in one of the toughest industries around? The women include:
- Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Terminator and Aliens
- Mimi Leder, director of ER and The Peacemaker
- Kathleen Nolan, the first female president of the Screen Actors Guild
- Jane Alexander, actress, producer, and head of the National Endowment for the Arts
- Polly Platt, producer of Broadcast News
- Martha Coolidge, director of Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and first female president of the Directors Guild
- Sherry Lansing, chairman of the Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures
The women come from rich families and poor, from all over the U.S. and front other countries. They talk about a wide range of subjects, including the cost of success, sexual harassment, the ‘boys club,’ their three roles—wife, mother, worker—or of the children they did not have (“I woke up one day and I was fifty”), mentors, how their parents influenced them, the joy of work, and learning n the job. They reveal truths they’ve learned about their careers, life, and women’s increasingly influential place in the business of entertainment.
Women Who Run the Show is a lively, tough, and joyous—but above all, candid—conversation with the women of Hollywood.