Yearly Archives: 2015


A Legacy of ‘Difficult Women’: from 18th century Britain to classic Hollywood

This weekend I had the privilege of attending the ‘Difficult Women: 1680-1830’ Conference hosted by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. This was a two-day interdisciplinary event which included presentations from the fields of literature, history, history of art, costuming/history of fashion, theatre history, and women’s […]


Exciting Announcement!

Graduate school, here I come! I am excited to announce that I have officially accepted an offer of acceptance from the University of York (UK) for their MA in Film and Literature! The film and lit. MA is a one-year programme that “examines the lively and symbiotic traffic between written […]


Katharine Hepburn Faces Fear and Fame in MORNING GLORY (1933)

“Youth has its hour of glory, but too often it is only a morning glory, the flower that fades before the sun if very high.” (from MORNING GLORY (1933)) “No other star has emerged with greater rapidity or with more ecstatic acclaim. No other star, either, has become so unpopular so […]


Announcing the 2nd Annual Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon!

The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2014 was such a success, I thought I’d do it again this year! The blogathon will take place over Katharine Hepburn’s birthday weekend, May 9-12. Hepburn was born May 12, 1907. A number of interesting events took place that year. The first Cubist exhibition was […]


Greta Garbo Faces Hypocrisy in a Man’s World in ANNA KARENINA (1935)

This post is written in conjunction with the Russia in Classic Film Blogathon, hosted by Movies, Silently and sponsored by Flicker Alley. Like DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965), ANNA KARENINA gives a cinematic snapshot of the opulent life of Imperial Russia. Although the earlier film is unable to employ the scenery of Russia’s vast landscape […]


7 Ways Katharine Hepburn Leans In in A WOMAN REBELS (1936)

The post is written in honour of International Women’s Day 2015. Scroll to the bottom for more information about how you can be part of the fight against sexism and gender inequality. A WOMAN REBELS (1936) is about a Pamela Thistlewaite (Katharine Hepburn), a young woman in Victorian England who must […]


Musical Patriotism and Nostalgia in CASABLANCA (1942)

The other day on Groupon they featured an offer to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play along with CASABLANCA (1942) and I sincerely regret not jumping at this chance to give myself the best Valentine’s Day gift imaginable! As we know, CASABLANCA is on every top 100 movie list out […]


Miriam Hopkins: a Georgia Peach in Hollywood

Miriam Hopkins is just the sort of intellectual east coast actress I find most interesting. She was born in Savannah and raised in Bainbridge, Georgia where her mother’s twin brother was mayor. After her parents divorced, she moved with her mother to Vermont, where she attended the prestigious Goddard Seminary, […]


Contrary to Popular Opinion, Doris Day Bugs Me

Doris Day was a hugely popular film songstress of the 1950s and 60s. She was a relatively talented actress, in addition to being fairly good looking and having a nice voice. The bright technicolor musical comedies in which she starred, with all the pretty costumes and perky dance numbers they usual […]