Baby Jane Grew Up: The Dramatic Intersection of Age with Disability

@article{Chivers2006BabyJG,
  title={Baby Jane Grew Up: The Dramatic Intersection of Age with Disability},
  author={S. Chivers},
  journal={Canadian Review of American Studies},
  year={2006},
  volume={36},
  pages={211 - 227}
}
  • S. Chivers
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • Canadian Review of American Studies
<p>In this article, I examine how the spectacle of aging film stars replicates and dictates the cultural attitudes that make risking the scandal of anachronism "necessary and inevitable as a sign of life," as Mary Russo puts it, even when age does not literally signify death (in other words, even when the actresses are only middle-aged) (21). With close attention to Hollywood films Sunset Boulevard and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? I argue that the conflation of disability with gender and… Expand
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