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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to Reunite in Netflix Sitcom from Friends Creator

Oh, happy day!
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  • March 19, 2014 1:05 PM
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Jane Fonda Will Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

Jane Fonda will be the 42nd recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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One Week Out- A Last Look at the 2013 Oscars

I left town the morning after the Oscars on a much needed vacation.  While I wasn't writing last week (and a big thanks goes out to Women and Hollywood writer Kerensa Cadenas for taking care of the site while I was gone), I didn't shut off my brain completely.  I was able to read all the post Oscar commentary from a different perspective, one where I could process it without having to immediately react.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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Jane Fonda to Star in ABC Comedy Now What?

As reported by Deadline, Jane Fonda will be starring in her first series ever for ABC.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 23, 2012 2:15 PM
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Women's Films Opening - June 8, 2012

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 8, 2012 12:32 PM
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Jane Fonda Talks About Her Life on the Eve of the Release of Peace Love and Misunderstanding

I'm the lucky girl who gets to go to the premiere tonight. Here she is talking to CBS This Morning. The film opens on Friday.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: Peace Love and Misunderstanding

Jane Fonda as a hippie in Woodstock. Film is on opens and is available on VOD on June 8.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 1, 2012 9:37 AM
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Jane Fonda Receives Sherry Lansing Leadership Awards

At the Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast in LA last week, Jane Fonda who has been an advocate for women and girls issues for many years -- first by starting the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and for being a co-founder of The Women's Media Center -- received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Here's her speech.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 12, 2011 9:23 AM
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Jane Fonda to Receive 2011 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 2, 2011 1:31 AM
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QVC Bans Jane Fonda From Promoting Her New Book

It's not like Jane Fonda was going to go on QVC to promote god-forbid feminist issues, she was going on QVC to promote her new book Prime Time: Love; Health; Sex; Fitness; Friendship; Spirit; Making the most of all of your life which comes out in early August.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 18, 2011 2:00 AM
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