Stephen Tapert earned his M.A. from the University of Chicago. He worked for eight years at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where, as a museum researcher, he provided foundational work for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. He subsequently curated an exhibition on the Best Actress Oscar winners at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Italy, and at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, Germany. He currently teaches film studies at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
This book presents a frank and timely narrative of the boundary-pushing winners of the Best Actress Oscar and should be on every library shelf. --Andie MacDowell This book is a valuable contribution that illustrates the profound changes that have characterized the role of women in the film world while demonstrating - time and again - how the ability to entertain is never far from the front lines of social change. --Susan Sarandon A smart and thought-provoking journey that doesn't miss a bump or a turn in its depiction of the important role women have played in the development of American cinema. --Liza Minnelli While providing a wonderful opportunity to retrace the history of the Academy Awards through the great actresses who have won its top prize, this book shines an important spotlight on the prejudices that women in the film industry have continuously battled. --Alberto Barbera Venice Film Festival Artistic Director