MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITOR, September 28, 1960
“Maybe there are a lot of squirrels and I just choose to think it’s one squirrel…my squirrel. A girl squirrel.”
–Jane Fonda: actor, activist, feminist, poet of squirrels
Jane Fonda, Paris, 1963
Jane Fonda, ca. 1963
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Jane Fonda in the 1960s.
“Because of the bad experiences she had with white makeup artists early on in her career, Cicely Tyson says that she has never watched herself onscreen. “By the time we were finished, we looked gray rather than Black,” the Oscar-nominated 95-year-old icon tells THR. “It was very uncomfortable to look at yourself because it didn’t look like me."”
Lots of interesting stories here, short but really effecting commentary on Hollywood and discrimination.
“Robert Louis Stevenson, hairstylist (Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson) I came in around 1969. The makeup artists were men — in neckties and white shirts — and the hairstylists were women. I was the first Black that they hired as a hairstylist in Hollywood.”
The idea that studios didn’t want to come across I think is easy for people to understand, we know a big business is likely to have discriminatory practices. Even if they’re just passively unaware, they’ll end up perpetuating discrimination. But I think it’s interesting to hear about the Unions being slow to change. The idea that labor advocacy groups, who know about injustice, were perpetuating racist policies is disappointing and frustrating. But it explains why we have disparities in representation today.
Jane Fonda in plaid wool dress of butterscotch-brown and flannel-gray by David Crystal, jewelry by Hattie Carnegie, photo by Horst, Vogue, September 1, 1959
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (1967) dir. Gene Saks