Helen O’Hara says Hollywood’s early female directors reigned supreme. What went wrong?


If you are a movie lover, it in all probability will not shock you to study that Universal Studios, that behemoth of Hollywood filmmaking, credited just one female director amongst its movies in 2017.

But what would you say to the truth that a century earlier, in 1917, Universal credited extra female directors – eight, in truth?

The downward development is a part of a decades-long amnesia of girls’s achievements in movie, Empire journal editor-at-large Helen O’Hara tells ABC RN’s Late Night Live.

Because within the early 1900s, ladies directors have been, frankly, crushing it.

Alice Guy-Blaché made the primary narrative movie, The Cabbage Fairy – and over 1,000 others. And Mary Pickford was so profitable, she might cherrypick her scripts and crew.

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Director and actress Mary Pickford was one of many greatest stars, and largest earners, of the 1910s.(Getty: Donaldson Collection)

Marion E. Wong established her personal movie firm and Frances Marion demanded the pay her stardom warranted. 

Tressie Souders turned the primary recognized African American girl to direct a movie, A Woman’s Error, and by 1916, silent movie director Lois Weber was the best paid director in Hollywood.

Female directors have been in excessive demand, commanding massive budgets and on the forefront of their career.

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