Precocious Charms

Stars Performing Girlhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema

Gaylyn Studlar

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Theater, Ballett

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In Precocious Charms, Gaylyn Studlar examines how Hollywood presented female stars as young girls or girls on the verge of becoming women. Child stars are part of this study but so too are adult actresses who created motion picture masquerades of youthfulness. Studlar details how Mary Pickford, Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones, and Audrey Hepburn performed girlhood in their films. She charts the multifaceted processes that linked their juvenated star personas to a wide variety of cultural influences, ranging from Victorian sentimental art to New Look fashion, from nineteenth-century children’s literature to post-World War II sexology, and from grand opera to 1930s radio comedy. By moving beyond the general category of "woman," Precocious Charms leads to a new understanding of the complex pleasures Hollywood created for its audience during the half century when film stars were a major influence on America’s cultural imagination.

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historical, cinema studies, elizabeth taylor, mary pickford, child stars, film scholars, film history, shirley temple, film industry, girlhood, youthfulness, american culture, film studies, actresses, jennifer jones, hollywood image, victorian, cultural history, film historians, audrey hepburn, deanna durbin, classical hollywood, sexology, child actors, female stars, women and girls, hollywood women, new look fashion, cultural imagination, personas