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Elyce Rae Helford

Elyce Rae Helford, PhD, is professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, where she also directs the Jewish and Holocaust Studies minor. Her teaching and research center on film and cultural studies, with emphasis on issues of gender, ethnicity, and race. She is the author of What Price Hollywood? Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor (2020) and editor of The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Popular Culture (2016) and Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (2000). She is currently co-editing the forthcoming collection World Cinema Through a Noir Lens for Edinburgh University Press. More at www.elycehelford.com

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Linda Lavin

A prolific performer on stage and small screen, actor-singer Linda Lavin has been a role model for many of America’s working women. While her Jewish heritage has not always been the focus of her career, she has powerfully portrayed Jewish women whenever the roles have come her way—which they increasingly do.

Film Industry in the United States

Jewish women have played crucial roles in the United States film industry. Despite sexism and sometimes anti-Semitism, they have worked both behind the scenes, as writers, directors, and producers, as well as on-screen as both Jewish and non-Jewish characters.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Elyce Rae Helford." (Viewed on September 18, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/helford-elyce>.

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