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The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent PatrickA??one of DisneyA??s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of HollywoodA??s classic movie monsters
As a teenager, Mallory OA??Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as OA??Meara soon discovered, PatrickA??s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.
As a young woman working in the horror film industry, OA??Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. PatrickA??s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of DisneyA??s first female animators. And at last, OA??Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The CreatureA??s success, and where she went.
A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory OA??MearaA??s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.
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"Mallory O'Meara offers her first audiobook after a career in the independent film and new media industries. Her pleasant but mostly unvaried narration does little to shed light on her well-researched portrait of the first of very few women who have designed monsters for horror films, former Disney animator and special effects designer Milicent Patrick. Much of the audiobook is about O'Meara herself and the sexist discrimination she and Patrick have met since the release of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 1954. O'Meara's tone and vulgar language often reflect her anger toward the predominantly male film industry. Patrick, who also acted on the silver screen, was a woman ahead of her time, but O'Meara's framing of the interesting bits within a strongly feminist agenda does little to boost understanding of the accomplishments of the Creature's creator. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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