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18:00 - 20:00 15 January 2015
Barbra Streisand vs. Richard Nixon: How Hollywood turned Left: 1968-74
Lecture Theatre 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Tim Stanley, is an Associate Fellow of the UCL Institute of the Americas. He holds a BA and PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. His career bridges the media and the academy - he is a Daily Telegraph leader writer who has written scholarly studies of the Carter-Kennedy battle for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination and populist conservative Pat Buchanan. His most recent book is Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics.
Until the early 1960s, Hollywood was institutionally somewhat conservative: the Republican-leaning studio chiefs tightly controlled their stars’ politics. But in the late 1960s something happened to turn the movie-makers into congenital liberals. Paul Newman stumped for Eugene McCarthy, The Man From UNCLE went for Bobby Kennedy and Barbra Streisand sang her heart out for George McGovern. In this paper, Tim Stanley looks at the leftward turn in Hollywood during the Nixon presidency and examines how it laid roots that still show today.
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