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Posts Tagged ‘Dorothy Arzner’

Topanga Filmmaker Set to Tell the Story of Hollywood’s First Female Director

Earlier today, at Kickstarter deadline, Wendy Haines squeaked past her target goal of $100,000. As a result, many will soon be educated about the remarkable and largely forgotten story of Hollywood trailblazer Dorothy Arzner.

As Hopkins told Long Beach Press-Telegram reporter Phillip Zonkel earlier this week for his personal blog “Out in the 562,” the story of Azner stretches well beyond three silent films, 14 “talkies” and the invention of the boom mike:

“Dorothy was a compelling character. She made her place in a completely male world,” says Haines. “Her drive to do what she loved in spite of the world around her telling her it wasn’t possible inspires me.”

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Real Estate Writer Spotlights Home of DGA Trailblazer

Although a residence recently put on the market in The Oaks district of Los Angeles is probably not part any star-homes tour itinerary, it definitely belongs in the sights of just about every woman working in Hollywood. That’s because the two-story home at 2249 Mountain Oak once belonged to Dorothy Arzner, the first woman to be admitted to the Director’s Guild of America in 1938.

Mary Forgione spotlighted the property for the always entertaining LA Times feature “Home of the Week.” Arzner relocated to New York in the early 1940s, but until then, she overlooked a city where her on-set collaborators included everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Clara Bow. The home is remarkable in Tinseltown history terms for another reason:

Arzner shared the home with her lifelong partner, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan.

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