A Brief History of Hollywood

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    1910-1920 – Since the majority of early movie audiences are women and children, moviemakers begin producing adventure serials with women in lead roles, including actress Pearl White, dubbed “the queen of the serials”. Female writers and directors are common behind-the-scenes: Alice Guy-Blaché breaks ground as a highly prolific director in the pre-Hollywood era, while Lois Weber becomes the highest paid director during Universal’s early years. Journalist Frances Marion is hired as a screenwriter and writes over 250 films, including THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL for Mary Pickford, already one of the country’s most respected actresses. Pickford’s rewarding partnership with Marion helps forge a new type of celebrity: the movie star.

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