Hattie McDanielthe first black winner of an Oscar for her role in Gone With the Windconsistently maintained her dignity despite segregated hotels and separate tables in white supremacist s Hollywood. We fell out over something else. Any critique into system inequalities, and from a woman no less, was so unwelcomed as to drum Dvorak out of the business for her insolence. I was literally always at his house or here. Davis characterized her boss Jack Warner as a kind of stern, money-obsessed paterfamilias. Probably it was also a need to make a real friend in this business for both of us.
No actress of the s personified that kind of rebellion specific to the economic focus of this article more than the mostly now-forgotten starlet Ann Dvorak.
Laemmle and I was offered a contract at three hundred a week with three-month options the first year if the test of my legs proved to be satisfactory…. Black women—like all black people attempting to work in Hollywood film—were dealing with something wholly different. In fact, it more often served as a regulating, monetizing force. The s is also the time in this series to introduce intersectionality and address the massive elephant of race in the Hollywood room. Dvorak was demonized as not being appreciative when so many wanted to be in Hollywood in Depression-impoverished America. Come off it, I heard him say the same thing on Lorraine the morning before ; how did a Watford lad so apparently disinterested in celebrity and fame a reoccurring, if at times contradictory, Naughty Boy conversational trope manage to blag a collaboration with Bey? Classically trained black actresses were known to be advised that the highest hope for a black actress of appearing on-screen would be to play a maid.