Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Female Film Industry Heavyweights Support Fledgling Female Directors

Jane Campion, Helen Mirren, and Sienna Miller are among the participants of a wonderful new initiative to highlight the next generation of female filmmakers.
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  • April 7, 2014 3:00 PM
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Helen Mirren to Play Nazi-Stolen Art Recoverer in The Woman in Gold

In "The Woman in Gold´╗┐," Mirren will play real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish survivor of WWII, who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime.
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  • February 21, 2014 1:00 PM
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Helen Mirren Speaks Out Against Rise of Dead Women on TV

She's not the only one disturbed by the frequency, even the ´╗┐expectedness´╗┐, of murdered women on TV.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 21, 2014 9:57 AM
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TV: Prime Suspect Prequel Headed to Bookstores and ITV

The original seven-season crime series made Helen Mirren a household name and a Hollywood movie star on the strength of her portrayal of Jane Tennison, a gifted, no-nonsense detective in a London police department rife with sexism.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 19, 2014 12:03 PM
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Marianne Elliott and Helen Mirren Win at Olivier Awards

This year's Olivier Awards winners, Britian's prestigious awards for excellence in theatre, were announced on Sunday in London. Some new changes for the awards this year included a new voting system--instead of a panel of independent judges, the 153 members of the Society of London Theatres voted for the winners and this year's awards were broadcast on television for the first time.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 29, 2013 1:21 PM
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Helen Mirren Stands Up For a Future Full of Women Directors

On Sunday evening, Helen Mirren who has always been wonderfully outspoken in calling out sexism in Hollywood, used the occasion of being awarded the Legend award from Empire magazine to highlight the lack of women directors in the business.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 26, 2013 11:30 AM
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Dame Helen Mirren to Receive European Achievement in World Cinema 2012

The European Film Academy is awarding Dame Helen Mirren with their prestigious Achievement in World Cinema 2012 award.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 27, 2012 9:44 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Winners

"The Artist" was selected for best film and best director.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 11, 2012 9:42 AM
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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren co-hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo over the weekend with Rosario Dawson. The concert honored Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen for their work integrating women into the peace building movement.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 12, 2011 10:20 AM
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