Five Screen Goddesses

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01Katharine Hepburn20170306

Author and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell describes the spell that female film stars of the 1930s and '40s have over her..

She begins her series with Katharine Hepburn, the so-called 'Ice Queen', who inspired the young author growing up in Chicago and lacking any role models. One day she watched The Philadelphia Story on television and life changed forever...

Author and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell describes the spell that female film stars of the 1930s and '40s have over her..

She begins her series with Katharine Hepburn, the so-called 'Ice Queen', who inspired the young author growing up in Chicago and lacking any role models. One day she watched The Philadelphia Story on television and life changed forever.

02Barbara Stanwyck20170307

Author and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell describes the spell that female film stars of the 1930's and 40's have over her.

From stately Katharine Hepburn she moves on to think about Barbara Stanwyck - 'the tough dame' - who could do more with a raised eyebrow and 'side-eye' than anybody else around.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Jean Harlow20170308

Author and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell describes the spell that female film stars of the 1930s and '40s have over her..

From Barbara Stanwyck, 'the tough broad', to a vision of modernity who is all 'satin' and 'chrome'. The author moves on to consider the original 'blonde bombshell' - Jean Harlow.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

04Joan Crawford20170309

Author and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell describes the spell that female film stars of the 1930's and 40's have over her..

From Jean Harlow, the blonde bombshell, to someone the author came to admire later in life. Why? Because this star tried too hard, was unrelenting, was altogether frightening. She now thinks about Joan Crawford - the 'working girl'.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

05Bette Davis20170310

Author and broadcaster Sarah Churchwell describes the spell that female stars of the 1930s and '40s have over her..

From Joan Crawford, the 'working girl', to someone regarded as 'the quintessential Diva'. Apart from appearing in some great films, this one had the eyes and the laugh, and could smoke like a dragon. It's Bette Davis, of course.

Producer Duncan Minshull.