01 Introduction from “When Women Wrote Hollywood”, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Cal State Fullerton [Video] (1 minute, 6 secs)

Part of the California State University, Fullerton Faculty Noon Time Talks at the Pollak Library.

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Thank you so much for being here. I hope that you find what I have to tell you enlightening and interesting. We’re going to unearth the names of some women who have written some things that either began ideas and tropes that went on and on through Hollywood or are people that you already know their work but you never realize that those pieces were written by women. That’s my personal interest. Before we get to that though I’ll give you a couple rounds of where I come from. I was a screenwriter and a television writer and my first second career I’m not sure sometimes which one it was. So I was on Touched By An Angel, Picket Fences. I’ve worked for ABC News Nightline and I’m kind of ending today with my first job which was on 90210 because, of course, we’re all very sad to have heard that Luke Perry died the other day at 52, which is to just way too young. He was one of the nicest men on the show. It’s very sad but it was a wonderful show to work on and obviously very iconic in America and I’m going to credit that not to a female writer — they didn’t have one in charge — a male writer named Chuck Rosen. He really deserves the credit for why that show worked.

Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses the women in her new book “When Women Wrote Hollywood” which covers female screenwriters from the Silents through the early 1940s when women wrote over 50% of films and Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter (male or female) and the first to win 2 Oscars.  Yet, she fails to appear in film history books, which continue to regurgitate the myth that male directors did it all – even though it’s been proven that the only profitable movies Cecil B. de Mille ever directed were all written by Jeannie Macpherson film ever won for Best Picture was written by Robert E. Sherwood (who people have heard of, mostly due to his connection to Dorothy Parker) and Joan Harrison.

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