Independent stardom freelance women in the hollywood studio system published by university of texas press tells a story that can shift perspectives on how golden age hollywood operated the shepherd express. During the heyday of hollywoods studio system stars were carefully cultivated and promoted but at the price of their independence this familiar narrative of hollywood stardom receives a long overdue shakeup in emily carmans new book far from passive victims of coercive seven year contracts . Independent stardom freelance women in the hollywood studio system 120 likes independent stardom uncovers the proactive behind the scenes roles that. Carole lombard back in april i attended the opening of our film series independent stardom on screen co curated by chapman university film studies professor emily carman who wrote her ucla dissertation on the subject which has now been turned into the book independent stardom freelance women in the hollywood studio system university of texas press 2016. Emily carmans monograph on hollywoods freelance female stars during the studio system era is an important addition to the study of film history as well as a compelling read from start to finish one of the authors main aims is to prove that several film performers particularly women
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