Film, Television and Radio
Hollywood actress Stefanie Powers and theatre critic and author Clive Hirschhorn reflect on the Hollywood musical. They look at how the movie musical evolved, its journey to the States from a number of different cultures and how it ultimately became an American art form, reachingits high point with MGM musicals such as Singin in the Rain, West Side Story and Annie Get Your Gun. The talk will be accompanied by clips from some of the classic Hollywood musicals.
Powers portrayed Jennifer Hart in the hit US TV series Hart to Hart. She has appeared in 27 feature films, in many stage productions and runs her own production company. She experienced the last years of the Hollywood star system and worked with the likes of John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Bing Crosby and David Niven. Powers has also carved a name for herself outside the film industry. She helped to found the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, in honour of the late actor, and serves as its president.
Hirschhorn is a retired theatre critic who worked for the Sunday Express for more than 30 years. He is author of many books on film including The Warner Brothers Story, The Hollywood Musical, The Columbia Story and a biography of Gene Kelly.
This event lasts 90 minutes.