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

Theresa Rebeck on Leaving Smash and New Play, Dead Accounts

  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 29, 2012 9:14 PM
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The Return of Anjelica Huston

I remember a time when Anjelica Huston was a movie star.  From the mid-80s to the mid-90s she was making some really great movies.  Prizzi's Honor, The Dead, The Addams Family, The Grifters and then, poof, she disappeared.  Her parts got smaller as she got older.  Happens to lots of women.  Thank goodness for Wes Anderson because he singelhandedly kept her on our radar screen in a bunch of his films.  Every time I would see her I would say god I love Anjelica Huston.  Why isn't she in more films? 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 16, 2012 12:54 PM
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A Pick Me Up for A Cloudy Day: Bernadette Peters Sings Mama Rose on Smash

  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 15, 2012 2:20 PM
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A "Smash"ing Premiere

While I might write about Hollywood I live in NY.  I really don't get to see the everyday machinations of the business.  I like it that way.  It keeps it more mysterious.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 12:30 PM
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Trailer Watch: Katharine McPhee in Smash

Katharine McPhee gets the star treatment in this video from Smash (which is created by Theresa Rebeck.)  Show will premiere on February 6.  Check out all the other great stars in it.  Debra Messing.  Anjelica Huston.  And did you notice a famous comedian in there?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 28, 2011 4:17 PM
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