Patricia Erens

Patricia Erens is professor of film studies in the department of comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong. Her publications include The Jew in American Cinema. She is also the editor of Sexual Stratagems: The World of Women in Film and Issues in Feminist Film Criticism.

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Film Industry in the United States

The history of Jewish women’s contribution to the Hollywood film industry has been one of gradual progression toward ever higher levels of participation. For most of Hollywood’s history, the dominant tendency was to achieve a universal image that revealed no traces of ethnic heritage. This trend held until the 1960s and affected all ethnic groups. Only a few dozen Jewish actors were able to make their way into stardom under these constraints. Since the 1960s, however, Hollywood films have reflected a higher degree of ethnic diversity. The result of this change is that increasing numbers of Jewish actors have been able to establish careers in Hollywood.

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