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Virtual Author Talk with Christina Lane | Phantom Lady

Please join us for a virtual author talk with Christina Lane and her Edgar award nominated book Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock!

Registration is required for this event. Please register by Wednesday, February 17th. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

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About the book:

In 1933, Joan Harrison was a twenty-six-year-old former salesgirl with a dream of escaping both her stodgy London suburb and the dreadful prospect of settling down with one of the local boys. A few years later, she was Alfred Hitchcock's confidante and one of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of his first American film, Rebecca. Harrison had quickly grown from being the worst secretary Hitchcock ever had to one of his closest collaborators, critically shaping his brand as the "Master of Suspense." 

Author Christina Lane shows how this stylish, stunning woman became classic Hollywood's most powerful female writer-producer. She discusses the history of some of Hitchcock’s most significant female collaborators and why they remain under appreciated.

Christina Lane is the author of Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock (Chicago Review Press, 2020). She has written extensively on film history, aesthetics, and women's media production, including Feminist Hollywood: From Born in Flames to Point Break (2000) and Magnolia (2011), the first book-length treatment of the Paul Thomas Anderson film. Dr. Lane is associate professor of film studies and chair of the Cinematic Arts department at the University of Miami. She is President of the University Film and Video Association and has provided commentary to such outlets as Air Mail, NPR, Turner Classic Movies, and the Daily Mail.


We've partnered with the Friends of the Library and Savoy for this event. Books purchased here will come with a signed bookplate by the author! Please mention the Westerly Library if you're going directly into the store to purchase a copy!

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