In this regard independent stardom considers the flipside of independence in the studio system as freelancing was not necessarily the ideal choice for working hollywood women indeed the combination of steady employment and a dependable weekly salary guaranteed by a long term studio contract was a desirable option to many aspiring actors . During the heyday of hollywoods studio system stars were carefully cultivated and promoted but at the price of their independence this familiar narrative of hollywood stardom receives a long overdue shakeup in emily carmans new book far from passive victims of coercive seven year contracts . Carole lombard back in april i attended the opening of our film series independent stardom on screen co curated by chapman university film studies professor emily carman who wrote her ucla dissertation on the subject which has now been turned into the book independent stardom freelance women in the hollywood studio system university of texas press 2016. Stanford libraries official online search tool for books media journals databases government documents and more independent stardom freelance women in the hollywood studio system in searchworks catalog. Independent stardom freelance women in the hollywood studio system march 12 2018 in good company at downtown public library los angeles s exhibit for women in film books and thanks to mark quigley for sharing the news
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