The Lady From the Black Lagoon

The Lady From the Black Lagoon

Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

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The story of Millicent Patrick, a feminist trailblazer in the horror film industry who never received proper credit for creating the classic monster from Creature from the Black Lagoon. 25,000 first printing.

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781335937803
Branch Call Number: NC1766.U52 P38 2019
NC1766.U52 P38 2019
Characteristics: 307 pages, unnumbered sequence of pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Milicent Patrick was one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters. Her place in Hollywood history is restored through this biography,

One of the most iconic movie monsters in Hollywood history is the creature from the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon. In this history, Mallory O’Meara delves into the forgotten creator behind the design of the creature, Milicent Patrick. The book has picked up a starred review from Publis... Read More »

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