Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

October 01, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm

Steven Ross challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. The real story, he argues, is far more complicated. First, Hollywood has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism. Second, and most surprising, while the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible, the Right had a greater impact on American political life, capturing a senate seat (Murphy), a governorship (Schwarzenegger), and the ultimate achievement, the Presidency (Reagan).

Steven J. Ross is professor of history at the University of Southern California and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.  He is the author of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, which won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar’s Award, and Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America.

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  • Steven J. Ross, Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Co-Director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities
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