By David L. Lightner
Winnie Lightner (1899�1971) stood out because the first nice woman comic of the talkies. Blessed with a very good making a song voice and a present for making wisecracks and rubber faces, she rose to stardom in vaudeville and on Broadway. Then, on the sunrise of the sound period, she turned the 1st individual in movie heritage to have her spoken phrases, the lyrics to a track, censored.
In Winnie Lightner: Tomboy of the Talkies, David L. Lightner exhibits how Winnie Lightner�s hilarious functionality within the 1929 musical comedy Gold Diggers of Broadway made her an in a single day sensation. She went directly to celebrity in seven different Warner Bros. gains. within the better of them, she was once the comedian epitome of a strident feminist, dominating males and gleefully spurning traditional gender norms and ethical values. So tricky used to be she, the studio billed her as �the tomboy of the talkies.�
When the nice melancholy rendered moviegoers adverse towards feminism, Warner Bros. attempted to craft a brand new picture of her as glamorous and horny. Executives assigned her contradictory roles within which she used to be empowered within the place of work yet submissive to her male associate at domestic. the hot personality flopped on the field workplace, and Lightner�s stardom ended. In 4 ultimate video clips, she performed assisting roles because the loudmouthed roommate and ally of actresses Loretta younger, Joan Crawford, and Mona Barrie.
Following her retirement in 1934, Lightner light into obscurity. a lot of her movies have been broken or maybe misplaced fullyyt. in the end, this biography supplies Winnie Lightner the popularity she merits as a impressive determine in movie historical past, in women�s historical past, and within the background of express business.
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