The change in the Portrayal of women in Film

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In Film
  • gone with the wind film release

    gone with the wind film release
    Directed by Victor Fleming. Starring Vivien Leigh, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves. American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War .
  • Bette Davis

    Bette Davis
    Bette Davis was born Ruth Davis on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Just before her tenth birthday, Bette's father, Harlow, left the family. Although she had little money, her mother, Ruthie, sent Bette and her sister to boarding school. Upon graduating Cushing Academy, Bette enrolled in John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School. In 1929, she made her Broadway debut in "Broken Dishes." She also landed a role in "Solid South." In 1930, she moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal.
  • Hattie Mc Daniels

    Hattie Mc Daniels
    After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn, she makes it clear she has little use for her employers' pretentious status seeking.
  • Vivien Leigh

    Vivien Leigh
    If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England. Her mother thinks she should have a proper English upbringing and insists on leaving her in a convent school - even though Vivien is two years younger than any of the ot
  • Jezeble (Bette Davis)

    Jezeble (Bette Davis)
    Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance.
  • Since You Went Away

    Since You Went Away
    While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct
  • Audrey Hepburn

    Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She really was blue-blood from the beginning with her father, a wealthy English banker, and her mother, a Dutch baroness. After her parents divorced, Audrey went to London with her mother where she went to a private girls school. Later, when her mother moved back to the Netherlands, she attended private schools as well. While vacationing with her mother in Arnhem, Holland, Hitler's army took over the town. It was here that she fell on
  • All About Eve (Bette Davis)

    All About Eve (Bette Davis)
    An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
  • The African Queen (Katharine hepburn)

    The African Queen (Katharine hepburn)
    In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship
  • Marilyn Monroe ( Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)

    Marilyn Monroe ( Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
    Marilyn Monroe born June 1, 1926 ), born Norma Jeane Mortenson was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to leading roles .
  • Roman Holiday ( Audrey Hepburn)

    Roman Holiday ( Audrey Hepburn)
    A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome
  • The Seven Year Itch ( Marilyn Monroe)

    The Seven Year Itch ( Marilyn Monroe)
    When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor (Marilyn Monroe).
  • Some Like it Hot ( Marilyn Monroe)

    Some Like it Hot ( Marilyn Monroe)
    When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
  • Natalie wood

    Natalie wood
    Wood began acting in movies at the age of four and became a successful child actor in such films as Miracle on 34th Street (1947). A well received performance opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and helped her to make the transition from a child performer. She then starred in the musicals West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1962). She also received Academy Award nominations for her performances in Splendor
  • Katharine Hepburn

    Katharine Hepburn
    Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead, the apparent result of accidentally hanging himself while practicing a hanging trick their father had taught them. For many years after this, Katharine used his bir
  • Lets Make Love ( Marilyn Monroe)

    Lets Make Love ( Marilyn Monroe)
    When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn)

    Breakfast At Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn)
    A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.
  • West Side Story (Natalie Wood)

    West Side Story (Natalie Wood)
    Musical about two youngsters from rival NYC gangs who fall in love.
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (Bette Davis)

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (Bette Davis)
    The movie opens in 1917. Baby Jane Hudson (Julie Allred) is a vaudevillian child star. She performs to adoring crowds, and there’s even a–rather expensive–“Baby Jane” doll. Jane is also a spoiled brat, and her doting stage father Ray (Dave Willock), gives in to her every whim. Her jealous sister Blanche (Gina Gillespie) watches from the wings.
  • Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (Bette Davis)

    Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (Bette Davis)
    The film begins in 1927 with Charlotte (Bette Davis) and married lover, John Mayhew (Bruce Dern), planning to elope during a party at the Hollis antebellum mansion in Louisiana. However, John backs out after Charlotte's father intimidates him into it. John is then brutally murdered and decapitated in the summerhouse with a cleaver, with one hand severed. Charlotte discovers the body and returns traumatized to the party with a blood-stained dress, leading most to presume she was the murder
  • My Fair lady ( Audrey Hepburn)

    My Fair lady ( Audrey Hepburn)
    A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ( Katharine Hepburn)

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ( Katharine Hepburn)
    Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot

    The Madwoman of Chaillot
    With the world getting ready to blow itself up, look who's minding the store.
  • Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep
    Considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 16 times, and has won it twice. Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. She gave an outstanding performance in her first film role, Julia (1977), and the next ye
  • Julia (Meryl Streep)

    Julia (Meryl Streep)
    At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
  • The Seduction of Joe Tynan( Meryl Streep)

    The Seduction of Joe Tynan( Meryl Streep)
    Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life
  • Sophie's Choice (meryl Streep)

    Sophie's Choice (meryl Streep)
    Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions
  • Out Of Africa ( Meryl Streep)

    Out Of Africa  ( Meryl Streep)
    In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter.
  • She Devil (Meryl Streep)

    She Devil (Meryl Streep)
    An awkward and fat woman lives in the suburbs with her husband. She becomes a a monster who wants to revenge that her husband was seduced by an authoress who writes trash fiction.
  • Halle Berry

    Halle Berry
    First black woman to win best actress for her performance in monster's ball. Monster's Ball is a 2001 romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, and Heath Ledger, and written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos. It was produced by Lionsgate and Lee Daniels Entertainment. The title comes from the custom in medieval England of calling prisoners awaiting execution "monsters". The night before their execution, their jailers would hold a feast known as a monster
  • Race The Sun (Halle Berry)

    Race The Sun (Halle Berry)
    A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.
  • Monster's Ball (Halle Berry)

    Monster's Ball (Halle Berry)
    Monster's Ball is a 2001 romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, and Heath Ledger, The title comes from the custom in medieval England of calling prisoners awaiting execution "monsters". The night before their execution, their jailers would hold a feast known as a monster's ball as their farewell. Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role . she is the first African American to win in this category.
  • Catwoman (Halle Berry)

    Catwoman (Halle Berry)
    A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.
  • X-Men :The Last Stand (Halle Berry)

    X-Men :The Last Stand (Halle Berry)
    Halle Berry plays storm.
  • Doubt (Meryl Streep)

    Doubt (Meryl Streep)
    In a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 a popular priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled 12 year old black student is questioned by the school's principal.
  • The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep)

    The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep)
    A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly.
  • Since You Went Away ( Hattie Mcdaniels)

    Since You Went Away ( Hattie Mcdaniels)
    While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct.
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    Influential Actresses and Films

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    Bette Davis Influences

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    Marilyn Monroe Influences

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    Natalie wood Influences

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    Meryl streep 1970- 80's

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    Halle Berry 1990-2011