Dorothy Arzner, director

Vintage photograph on the set of Dance, Girl, Dance (USA; 1940)

Vintage still from Dance, Girl, Dance, with Lucille Ball


The legendary Dorothy Arzner was the most well-known female director during Hollywood’s

Golden Age.  Arzner began her film career as a screenwriter, eventually rose through the ranks

as an editor, and finally became a feature film director.  Helming studio comedies and

melodramas, Arzner’s heroines often were characterized by their fierce independence. 

Never hiding her lesbianism, Arzner went against feminine expectations of the time by often

donning mannish suits and sporting short hair.


Publicity still from Dance, Girl, Dance


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