July 25, 2020

7:00 pm

AC Book Club: The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

VIRTUAL EVENT

Co-presented by Etheria

Join The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick Author Mallory O’Meara Online for a Presentation on the Life and Career of the Creature Creator!

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About the Book

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller named one of the 10 Best Art Books of the Year by Booklist, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick uncovers the life and work of one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

About the Q&A

Online discussion with author Mallory O’Meara at 7:00 PM PDT on Saturday, July 25th. RSVP here to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. Your link will be sent earlier on the day of the discussion.

Moderated by Heidi Honeycutt of Etheria

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About the AC Book Club

The relationship between books and movies goes back to the dawn of cinema. As the medium matured, the written word grew beyond source material to include scholarship on film. Part of the Cinematheque’s mission is to shed light on Hollywood history and the filmmaking process, so we spotlight authors with relevant books whenever possible – often partnering with our friends down the boulevard, Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

During these days of virtual cinema, we continue that initiative with webinar presentations from authors who will shed light on various corners of the movie industry. Join us for the AC Book Club!

Zoom Details

To view the online discussion, you will need to have the Zoom video application installed on your computer beforehand. It can be downloaded at https://zoom.us/ You will receive a Zoom link the day of the online discussion. If you have any issue connecting to our Q&A, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.

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