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Author Studlar, Gaylyn.

Title Precocious Charms [electronic resource] : Stars Performing Girlhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema.

Imprint Berkerley : University of California Press, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (324 pages)
Summary In Precocious Charms, Gaylyn Studlar examines how Hollywood presented female stars as young girls or girls on the verge of becoming women. Child stars are part of this study but so too are adult actresses who created motion picture masquerades of youthfulness. Studlar details how Mary Pickford, Shirley Temple, Deanna Durbin, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones, and Audrey Hepburn performed girlhood in their films. She charts the multifaceted processes that linked their juvenated star personas to a wide variety of cultural influences, ranging from Victorian sentimental art to New Look fash.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Oh, "doll divine": Mary Pickford, masquerade, and the pedophilic gaze -- Cosseting the nation, or, how to conquer fear itself with Shirley Temple -- "The little girl with the big voice": Deanna Durbin and sonic womanliness -- Velvet's cherry: Elizabeth Taylor and virginal English girlhood -- Perilous transition: Jennifer Jones as melodrama's hysterical adolescent -- "Chi-Chi Cinderella": Audrey Hepburn as couture countermodel -- Conclusion.
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Subject Girls in motion pictures.
Teenage girls in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Child actors -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: 9780520255579
ISBN 9780520955295 (electronic bk.)
0520955293 (electronic bk.)
9780520255579 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520255577 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520274242 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0520274245 (pbk. : alk. paper)