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October 2016 TCM Spotlight: Trailblazing Women (Part II)

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Film historian Cari Beauchamp, pictured here at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, will co-host the second season of TCM's Women in Film series on October 4.


October 4: The Business of Film and Television, with Cari Beauchamp

LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY (1925) ... Mary Pickford

MOTHERS OF MEN (1917) ... Dorothy Davenport

YOURS, MINE AND OURS (1968) ... Lucille Ball

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967) ... Mary Tyler Moore



Actress Bette Midler will co-host the second season of TCM's Women in Film Series on October 6.


October 6: Controlling Their Own Destiny, with Bette Midler

DEVOTION (1946) ... Olivia De Havilland

THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL (1957) ... Marilyn Monroe

SHE DONE HIM WRONG (1933) ... Mae West

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) ... Katharine Hepburn



Dr. Emily Carman, associate professor of cinema studies at Chapman University, will discuss the contribution of women in film during WWII on October 11, part of TCM's Women in Film series.


October 11: Wartime Contributions, with Dr. Emily Carman

HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN (1944) ... Bette Davis

A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948) ... Marlene Dietrich

THE CONSPIRATORS (1944) ... Hedy Lamarr

PRINCESSE TAM TAM (1935) ... Josephine Baker



Lee Grant, pictured above during a 2014 interview with TCM's Robert Osborne, will discuss her Oscar-winning performance in SHAMPOO (1975), and other actresses who successfully fought the Hollywood Blacklist on October 13, part of TCM's Women in Film series.


October 13: Fighting the Blacklist, with Lee Grant

THE LETTER (1940) ... Gale Sondergaard

SHAMPOO (1975) ... Lee Grant

RAW DEAL (1948) ... Marsha Hunt

CITIZEN KANE (1941) ... Dorothy Comingore



Rita Moreno, pictured above at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival, will duscuss her Oscar-winning role in WEST SIDE STORY, and other actress who broke racial barriers, on October 18 as part of TCM's Women in Film series.


October 18: Breaking Barriers, with Rita Moreno

IN THIS OUR LIFE (1942) ... Hattie McDaniel

WEST SIDE STORY (1961) ... Rita Moreno

PICCADILLY (1929) ... Anna May Wong

BRIGHT ROAD (1953) ... Dorothy Dandridge



Jane Alexander is pictured above (at right) during a panel discussion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. On October 20, she will co-host TCM's Women in Film series, discussing her four years as the chairperson of that organization, her Oscar-nominated role in THE GREAT WHITE HOPE (1970), and other actresses who have pursued careers in politics and public service.


October 20: Politics and Public Service, with Jane Alexander

BRIGHT EYES (1934) ... Shirley Temple Black

WOMEN IN LOVE (1969) ... Glenda Jackson

THE GREAT WHITE HOPE (1970) ... Jane Alexander

HELLCATS OF THE NAVY (1957) ... Nancy Reagan.


October 25: Philanthropic Work, with Dana Delany 

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967) ... Audrey Hepburn

GIANT (1956) ... Elizabeth Taylor


THE TENDER TRAP (1955) ... Debbie Reynolds



Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, pictured above during a 2013 interview with TCM's Robert Osborne, will co-host an evening of films featuring actresses known for their off-screen activism on October 27, part of TCM's Women in Film series.


October 27: Activism, with Jane Fonda

THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979) ... Jane Fonda

THE WAY WE WERE (1973) ... Barbra Streisand

THE THIN MAN (1934) ... Myrna Loy

JOE (1970) ... Susan Sarandon

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While the hosts for this series of programming have not yet been announced, I can report that TCM's Illeana Douglas will return as the primary host, and she will be joined by a series of special guest co-hosts throughout the month. These will include film historian Cari Beauchamp and Emmy-winning actress Dana Delaney.



Illeana Douglas (at left), host of TCM's Trailblazing Women festival, introduces a screening of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY alongside occasional TCM guest host Madeleine Stowe at the TCM Classic Film Festival on March 29, 2015.

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All of the women who will co-host this series with TCM's Illeana Douglas have now been announced. They are:


Film historian Cari Beauchamp;


Actress and singer Bette Midler;


Film professor Dr. Emily Carman;


Actress and filmmaker Lee Grant;


Actress and singer Rita Moreno;


Jane Alexander, actress and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts;


Actress Dana Delany;


And actress Jane Fonda


For more about the various hosts and the films they will be presenting in October, visit trailblazingwomen.tcm.com

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