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April 23 2018 Drama Movies Newsletter

"There is no doubt in my mind that Joan Crawford or Bette Davis would have made fine directors or producers. But it did not occur to anybody, not even perhaps to them at that time. It might have seemed too threatening for "the feminine mystique" to be in charge. I understand that feeling. And Hollywood in particular is a tough town for a woman to establish herself beyond the sex symbol image. But it is changing even in Hollywood." Actress Viveca Lindfors in her 1981 autobiography "Viveka...Viveca: An Actress...A Woman"

Viveca Lindfors was a success in her native Sweden before making the journey to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s. She signed a contract with Warner Bros. but was unhappy with the roles offered to her. While Lindfors became disillusioned with the management at Warner's, she has only positive things to say about fellow actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. She does offer the opinion that Crawford should have found another outlet for her talents (directing, producing, or writing) when the acting roles became scarce.

As Lindfors herself aged, she moved into live theater and episodic television. She did experience a mini-comeback in motion pictures in the 1970s, appearing in "The Way We Were", "Welcome to LA", and "A Wedding". Lindfors also played a supporting role in Claudia Weill's 1978 film "Girlfriends". Lindfors later enrolled in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. The result was the 1987 film "Unfinished Business", which Lindfors wrote and directed.

Lindfors was married to four different men (including "Dirty Harry" director Don Siegel early in his career). In her autobiography, she details the struggles she had balancing the demands of marriage, motherhood, and a career. Lindfors also makes some perceptive comments on acting and the directors with whom she worked. Her unique perspective on the Hollywood experience makes her book worth reading.

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