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Phantom Lady by Christina Lane
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Phantom Lady

Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman behind Hitchcock

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Narrator Gabra Zackman
Length 11 hours
Language English
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Phantom Lady chronicles the untold story of Hollywood’s most powerful female writer-producer of the 1940s.

In 1933 Joan Harrison was a twenty-six-year-old former salesgirl with a dream of escaping her stodgy London suburb and the dreadful prospect of settling down with one of the local boys. A few short years later, she was Alfred Hitchcock’s confidante and one of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of his first American film, Rebecca.

Harrison had quickly grown from being the worst secretary Hitchcock ever had to one of his closest collaborators, critically shaping his brand as the “master of suspense.” Forging an image as the female Hitchcock, Harrison went on to produce numerous Hollywood features before becoming a television pioneer as the producer of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. A respected powerhouse, she acquired a singular reputation for running amazingly smooth productions—and defying anyone who posed an obstacle.

Author Christina Lane shows how this stylish, stunning woman, with an adventurous romantic life, became an unconventional but impressive auteur—one whom history has overlooked.

Christina Lane is the author of several books, including Feminist Hollywood and Magnolia. She is an associate professor of film studies and chair of the Cinema and Interactive Media Department at the University of Miami.

Gabra Zackman is an actress, author, and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University. A classically trained actress, she has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.

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Reviews

“As lively and fascinating as its subject, this is an important addition to the history of filmmaking.”

“A solid addition to the growing literature about women filmmakers.”

“Artful telling.”

“Keenly observed and illuminating.”

“This superbly written, absorbing biography of a woman succeeding on her own terms will resonate with fans of Hollywood stories…[and] celebrations of previously unsung women.”

“Lane’s lively and loving account…will intrigue film scholars, Hitchcock fans, and general readers alike.”

“Harrison was a remarkable woman of taste and style who helped establish the Hitchcock ‘brand.’ She may be the greatest female producer you’ve never heard of.”

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