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Wendy Wasserstein

Making Trouble: Clips from the Cutting Room Floor

Steven Myers-Yawnick

While hard at work here at the Archive, I stumbled upon some interviews that ended up on the cutting room floor during production of our prizewinning documentary “Making Trouble”. Take a look at a few clips that feature fabulous Jewish women in entertainment talking about fabulous Jewish women in entertainment.

See Tovah Feldshuh speak about the ahead of her time Sophie TuckerAlex Borstein explore Gilda Radner's beauty,  Adrienne Cooper's take on Molly Picon gender roles, and Wendy Wasserstein's thoughts Jewish entertainers on and off the stage. 

Topics: Comedy, Film, Theater
True Colors Group Rehearsal

Painting the World with True Colors: An Interview with Two Jewish Women Helping to Tell an Incredible Story

Etta King Heisler

In the one instant of silence between the curtain and the applause I remember feeling alive. I remember feeling like my heart had been ripped out of my chest, bounced down a basketball court, and thrown through the hoop for the winning shot. Then we (the audience) erupted in cheers. I was elated, proud, and profoundly humbled.

Laura Z. Hobson’s “Gentleman’s Agreement” wins the Oscar

“Readers would not believe that a gentile would pose as a Jew,” wrote Richard Simon of Simon & Schuster to Laura Z.

Taking stock of the “unfinished revolution”

Judith Rosenbaum

There are those pioneers who are out to change the world—think Betty Friedan, whose book The Feminine Mystique, 50 years after its publication, continues to spark conversation and debate about women’s roles.

Topics: Feminism, Film
National Women's Convention March, November 1977

“Women Who Make America”

Ellen K. Rothman

For the past year, I’ve enjoyed paying regular visits to MAKERS.com, a growing online collection of video interviews with an impressive array of women who have made a mark on the last half century of American history.

"The Guilt Trip"

A Brighter Side to “Jewish Mothering”: A Review of “The Guilt Trip”

Evelyn Becker

The Guilt Trip begins by introducing Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), a thirty— something inventor about to embark on a road trip to sell his innovative organic cleaning product. Andy makes a quick stop at his mom’s (Barbara Streisand) house, and spontaneously invites her to come along for the ride. Their journey cross-country turns into an exploration of the ties that bind (Jewish) mother and son.

Topics: Motherhood, Film

Julia Phillips, Oscar-winning producer of "The Sting", remembered

January 3, 2002

The world press eulogized Julia Phillips, the first woman to win an Academy Award as a producer, following her death on January 1, 2002. 

"95 Lives" Movie Poster

95 Lives: A Film You Should Know About

Tanya Sleiman

Ever wanted to learn more about an amazing, captivating, female pioneer only to find the story undocumented, or worse, simply buried? That's what happened to me when I discovered the work of Jewish American photographer Helen Levitt. I am making a film to fill that gaping hole. 95 Lives uncovers Helen Levitt's legendary career documenting NYC streets for 70 years and transforming American street photography forever. Born in 1913 in Brooklyn to Jewish Russian parents, Levitt died at aged 95 with an outpouring of obituaries celebrating her art while noting her disdain for fame.

Topics: Photography, Film
"We Killed," by Yael Kohen

"Have you ever considered the girl to be the somebody?"

Stephen Benson

Yael Kohen’s new book, We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, has many revealing tales about how change happens. But one stands out for me: in 1966, the actress Marlo Thomas approached the head of ABC-TV programming with a novel idea. She wanted “to play the person with the problem, not the person who assisted the person with the problem.” She recalled:

I didn’t want to be the wife of somebody, or the secretary of somebody, or the daughter of somebody…”Have you ever considered the girl to be the somebody?” And he said, “Would anybody watch a show like that?” I said, “I think they would.” And so I gave him a copy of The Feminine Mystique, and he read it and kind of became convinced.

Topics: Comedy, Film, Non-Fiction

Birth of “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” author Lillian Roth

December 13, 1910

In an era of celebrity tell-all’s and daily website revelations of almost anyone’s personal life, it’s hard to imagine the impact of the first public confession of a famous figure with a drinking p

"Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" debuts in Manhattan

November 28, 2007

During one of the coldest winters in the history of New York City, theater director and Holocaust survivor Zypora Spai

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly: Groundbreaker for Women's Rights?

Talia bat Pessi

For today’s young feminists, the name Phyllis Schlafly may be totally unfamiliar; if anything, it triggers a distant memory of a footnote in an AP US History textbook. Those activists who lived and fought during the Second Wave are, however, all too familiar with the uber-conservative activist.

Topics: Feminism, Film, Law
Judith Malina

"To call into question..."

Gabrielle Orcha

We are a little more than six months from the end of the world (!) Or from the end of the world as we know it—December 21, 2012.

Topics: Activism, Film, Theater
"Butterfly Summers" Front Cover By Deborah Thompson

Celebrating Gloria Stuart

Deborah Thompson

It was fitting that Gloria was born on Independence Day. She was a firecracker: sharp, witty, energetic.

Topics: Painting, Family, Film, Poetry

Nora Ephron, 1941 - 2012

For all her acerbic humor, she was always warm to me. For all her Jewish disconnection, she felt utterly Jewish to me.

Aviva Kempner

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner was born in Berlin after World War II to an American father and a Polish mother. Her childhood was marked by the experience of her parents during and after the war. Her desire to understand them led her to a career in filmmaking.

Lucy Kramer Cohen, around Age 17

Lucy Kramer Cohen: A public-spirited woman/a private inner life

Nancy Kramer Bickel

Ever dream of making a film about someone you wanted the world to know more about?

Topics: Family, Motherhood, Film

A new name for "Jew Pond?"

Kate Bigam

I’ve been living in New Hampshire for more than a year now, but until recently, I’d never heard of Mont Vernon, N.H. When the small, rural town made its way into national headlines this week, it wasn’t for positive reasons: This week, controversy arose surrounding the name of a Mont Vernon skating and fishing pond, which has long been referred to as Jew Pond. Yep, you read that right: Jew Pond.

Topics: Anti-Semitism, Film
Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker: “You’re Gonna Miss Me, Honey”

Stephen Benson

One hundred and one years ago today, Sophie Tucker sang those words from “Some of These Days” onto a four minute cylinder recording device. It became her signature song, and toward the end of her career she guessed that she had sung it over 45,000 times.

Topics: Music, Comedy, Film, Theater
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" Movie Poster, 2011

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" premieres at Holocaust Memorial Museum

Kate Bigam

Angelina Jolie (not a Jewess but a definite do-gooder) visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum last week to premiere In the Land of Blood and Honey, a film she wrote, directed, and co-produced.

Topics: Activism, Holocaust, Film

MTV After Hours: Putting Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon to the test

Kate Bigam

Hanukkah may be over until next year, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy some of the best Hanukkah video goodies the Internet has to offer.

Debbie Friedman

The Lives They Lived: Jewish women to remember in 2011

Leah Berkenwald

“[Debbie Friedman] emphasized the value of every voice and the power of song to help us express ourselves and become our best selves. As she wrote for JWA's online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution: 'The more our voices are heard in song, the more we become our lyrics, our prayers, and our convictions.' The woman who wrote the song that asks God to 'help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing' herself modeled for us what that looks like.”—Judith Rosenbaum.
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Documentary "Gloria: In Her Own Words" premieres on HBO

August 15, 2011

On August 15, 2011, the documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words premiered on HBO.

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