Review: Renegade Women in Film and TV

Title: Renegade Women in Film and TV
Author: Elizabeth Weitzman, Austen Claire Clements (illustrator)
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

A charmingly illustrated and timely tribute to the women who broke glass ceilings in film and television, debuting during an historic time of change in the entertainment industry.

Renegade Women in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating biographical profiles, and exclusive interviews with icons like Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women throughout the history of entertainment. Each profile highlights the groundbreaking accomplishments and essential work of pioneers from the big and small screens, offering little-known facts about household names (Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Nora Ephron) and crucial introductions to overlooked pioneers (Alla Nazimova, Anna May Wong, Frances Marion). From 19th century iconoclast Alice Guy Blach� to 21st century trailblazer Ava DuVernay, Renegade Women honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


This book talks about 50 incredibly accomplished women in film and TV. These women were trailblazers and set records. Exclusive interviews with some of the women were also included, such as Rita Moreno, Barbra Streisand, and Amy Poehler. These interviews gave insight into the women themselves.

I hadn’t heard of many of the women in this book, unfortunately. They set records, some of which haven’t been reached again. I had no idea that Barbra Streisand was the first, and only, woman to win a Best Director Golden Globe. It’s surprising that no other woman has won that award since 1983.

The illustrations that accompanied these biographies were gorgeous. The portraits showed the women in their most famous appearances. Of the women that I recognized, they were accurate depictions. I liked that the illustrations were so detailed and realistic.

Renegade Women in Film and TV is a fabulous book!

Thank you Elizabeth Weitzman and Clarkson Potter Publishers for sending me a copy of this book.

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Have you read Renegade Women in Film and TV? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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