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Joan Micklin Silver

Joan Micklin Silver bucked Hollywood assumptions about what made a successful film, becoming a critically acclaimed director of independent films with Jewish themes like Hester Street and Crossing Delancey.

Sylvia Sidney

In contrast to the helpless waif she played so perfectly on screen, in real life Sylvia Sidney was a strong, opinionated woman who was unafraid to challenge some of the top Hollywood directors of her time.

Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore was one of the top recording artists of the 1940s, with hits like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” before starting a new career in the 1970s as a talk show host who prized conversation over confrontation.

Have you seen "Girl Rising?" This documentary is (rightfully) having a moment

Some readers of Jewesses with Attitude might remember that almost a year ago, I wrote about the documentary film Girl Rising, which at the time was being shown here in Boston as Abby Mohr’s bat mitzvah project. I was frustrated that I couldn’t see the film at the time, so I was thrilled when Tara, JWA’s Director of Engagement and Social Media, posted on our Facebook that the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) would be screening a shortened version of the film. I made it a priority to go to this event—not only to make up for missing it last year, but also to finally see what I’ve been hearing so much about since the making of this film.

Girl Rising tells the stories of girls in developing countries fighting to earn the educations they need and deserve. What’s so powerful about the film is that it is truly a docu-drama. Each story focuses on a young woman who worked with a writer from her country to present her story the way she wanted it told.

Vera Caspary

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Vera Caspary.
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Benson, Stephen

Vera Caspary.

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Lauren Bacall

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Lauren Bacall in "The Big Sleep".
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Lauren Bacall in "The Big Sleep".

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Madeline Kahn, November 25, 1977, cropped

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Madeline Kahn outside the Algonquin Club, Manhattan, New York City, November 25, 1977.
Courtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS.

Madeline Kahn outside the Algonquin Club, Manhattan, New York City, November 25, 1977.

Courtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS.

Goldie Hawn circa 1980, cropped

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Goldie Hawn circa 1980.
Courtesy of a private collection.

Goldie Hawn circa 1980.

Courtesy of a private collection.

Madeline Kahn

Madeline Kahn acted in dramas and musicals on stage, film, and television, but she was best known for her comedic roles as Mel Brooks’s favorite female lead.

Lillian Roth

While Lillian Roth’s career as an actress and musician was derailed by her alcoholism and mental illness, the painful story of her life made her autobiography an international bestseller.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Film." (Viewed on May 30, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/film>.

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