In Hollywood left and right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics author Steven J. Ross casts light on this emergence of Hollywood as a vital center of political life and explains how movie stars have played an important role in shaping the course of American Politics.
Ross, a movie historian, offers insight on the relationship between Hollywood and American politics, tracing the intersection of the two from the early twentieth-century to the present. Ross informs readers that ever since the film industry moved to Hollywood, it has had an enormous influence on American politics through famous figures such as: Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ross gives an unbiased political perspective as he presents each side in alternating chapters, showing how the Left and Right gained popularity in Hollywood at different times. Perhaps most importantly, he challenges the common held belief that Hollywood has always been a seat of liberalism. Instead, Ross suggests that, while the Hollywood Left has been in the limelight because of their fundraising and publicizing, it is actually the Hollywood Right that has been successful in obtaining and exercising electoral power.
Ross utilizes over one hundred previously undiscovered or unused oral histories and interviews with movie stars, producers, directors, writers, and Hollywood activists, all of which provide an insider's view of Hollywood politics.
About Arthur Wagner: Arthur Wagner was named head of the Theatre Arts Department and director of the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida in 1956 and held the position for nine years while earning his Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford University in 1962. From 1965 to 1967 he served as professor of drama at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where he established the Graduate Actor Training Program. He spent two years as a professor and director of Graduate and Undergraduate Actor Training Programs at Ohio University before moving to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1971, after serving for three years as professor of drama and founder/director of the Graduate Actor Training Program at Temple University, Dr. Wagner joined the UC San Diego faculty in 1972. He served as the founding Chair of the UC San Diego Department of Drama from 1972 to 1977 and from 1977 until his retirement in 1991, he was head of the Graduate Professional Actor Training Program. Professor Wagner also serves on the Board of Trustees of the La Jolla Playhouse. A gifted professional actor and director, he has numerous directing and acting credits and is a member of Actors Equity.
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