Trailblazing Women

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Second Year of Trailblazing Women Initiative Featuring Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany

Sept. 13, 2016

TCM Launches Second Year of Trailblazing Women Initiative Featuring Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany

Month-Long Programming Event Begins Oct. 4 Hosted by Illeana Douglas

Initiative Marks Continued Partnership with Women in Film, Los Angeles


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Bette Midler

As one of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades across all facets of show business. Midler’s expansive body of work has been recognized with four Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards. Midler began her legendary career as an entertainer in 1965 in New York, where she developed the trademark act that would make her one of the most renowned talents of her generation. 

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda.  She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College.  In her early twenties, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York. 

Cari Beauchamp

Cari Beauchamp is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood; Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years and other film history books. Her anthology, My First Time in Hollywood: Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers and Misfits who Made the Movies, was published in April of 2015. Her books have been selected for “Best of the Year” lists by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Booklist and Amazon.

Emily Carman

Emily Carman is an assistant professor of Film Studies in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, where she teaches classes primarily on American cinema, film history, and stardom. She earned her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA in 2008.


A four-time Oscar nominee for the films “TESTAMENT”, “KRAMER vs. KRAMER”, “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”, and “THE GREAT WHITE HOPE”, Jane Alexander has appeared in over 70 screen and television roles, including: “BRUBAKER”, “THE CIDER HOUSE RULES”, “SUNSHINE STATE”, “FEAST OF LOVE”, “TERMINATOR SALVATION” and “MR. MORGAN’S LAST LOVE” with Michael Caine. Jane recently shot a cameo role in Jon Avnet’s film “THE THREE CHRISTS OF YPSILANTI” starring Richard Gere.
On television Jane won Emmy Awards for “PLAYING FOR TIME” and

Lee Grant

While still in her teens, Lee Grant established herself as a formidable Broadway talent, winning the Critics Circle Award for her performance as the shoplifter in DETECTIVE STORY. She recreated this portrayal on film, garnering the Cannes Film Festival award as Best Actress, her first Academy Award nomination and an invitation into the prestigious Actors Studio.


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