Femme Noir

Bad Girls of Film

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About the Book

Though often thought of as primarily a male vehicle, the film noir offered some of the most complex female roles of any movies of the 1940s and 1950s. Stars such as Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney and Joan Crawford produced some of their finest performances in noir movies, while such lesser known actresses as Peggie Castle, Hope Emerson and Helen Walker made a lasting impression with their roles in the genre. These six women and 43 others who were most frequently featured in films noirs are profiled here, focusing primarily on their work in the genre and its impact on their careers. A filmography of all noir appearances is provided for each actress.

About the Author(s)

Karen Burroughs Hannsberry is editor of the bimonthly film noir newsletter The Dark Pages and has written about the actors of film noir. She lives in Chicago.

Bibliographic Details

Karen Burroughs Hannsberry
Format: softcover (6 x 9 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 643
Bibliographic Info: 98 photos, references, filmographies, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4682-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9159-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

Lauren Bacall      5

Joan Bennett      16

Ann Blyth      31

Peggie Castle      42

Jeanne Crain      52

Joan Crawford      64

Peggy Cummins      79

Rosemary DeCamp      89

Yvonne DeCarlo      99

Faye Emerson      111

Hope Emerson      121

Rhonda Fleming      130

Nina Foch      143

Sally Forrest      155

Ava Gardner      164

Gloria Grahame      174

Coleen Gray      192

Jane Greer      204

Jean Hagen      212

Dorothy Hart      222

Signe Hasso      230

Susan Hayward      241

Rita Hayworth      252

Virginia Huston      269

Adele Jergens      277

Evelyn Keyes      287

Veronica Lake      299

Ida Lupino      310

Volume 2

Dorothy Malone      327

Marilyn Monroe      340

Agnes Moorehead      356

Cathy O’Donnell      369

Dorothy Patrick      379

Jean Peters      387

Ella Raines      398

Ruth Roman      408

Gail Russell      420

Jane Russell      431

Lizabeth Scott      445

Barbara Stanwyck      456

Jan Sterling      478

Gene Tierney      493

Audrey Totter      510

Claire Trevor      522

Lana Turner      535

Helen Walker      545

Marie Windsor      556

Shelley Winters      569

Loretta Young      583

Bibliography      601

Index      603

Book Reviews & Awards

“welcome…an excellent film biography of each star…an essential purchase for all film collections”—Library Journal; “fascinating…striking black-and-white studio portrait[s]”—Booklist; “beguilingly written…entertaining to read”—Choice; “an interesting and well written study. Recommended”—Public Library Quarterly; “well-researched…lively writing…a brilliant, first-rate examination”—Big Reel; “a welcome addition”—The Art Book; “fabulous…a superlative read for true fans of classic film in general, and film noir in particular”—journeyinclassicfilm.com; “well researched and engagingly written…a fine history of women who played some of the most complex and mesmerizing characters on the screen”—Past Times; “there are simply no other volumes like these…commendable…good solid research”—Classic Images; “invaluable…a must”—Femme Fatales.