Christina Lane

Christina Lane is the author of the book, Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock.

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February 4, 2020 Chicago Review Press

The first biography of Joan Harrison, one of the most influential women of Hollywood’s golden era, the woman who, working behind the scenes, shaped the screen style of Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense.

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“Christina Lane’s Phantom Lady is a revelation. Even for those of us who thought we knew Hitchcock backwards and forwards, the surprise is how deeply intertwined Harrison and Hitchcock were, making a creative trio with the also-essential Alma. I was stunned at how early Joan Harrison came on board, how crucial she was in the evolution of the iconic Hitchcock blonde, and how smart she was both on the script level and in handling the sometimes-crass behavior of the man.  Lane corrects what we now see as the monumentally biased biographies that minimized Joan’s contribution. And did I mention it’s a riveting read!”
—Molly Haskell, author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies
Christina Lane

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Christina Lane is the Edgar®-Award winning author of the biography Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock. Her previous publications include the books Magnolia, a critical evaluation of the Paul Thomas Anderson film, and Feminist Hollywood: From Born in Flames to Point Break. A professor of film studies and chair of the Cinematic Arts department at the University of Miami, she has been a featured guest speaker at the Film Forum, the Queens Library, the Norton Museum of Art, and on NPR and Turner Classic Movies.

The Mad Women of Josephine Decker’s Shirley June 8, 2020 Like Joan Harrison — the subject of my book, Phantom Lady — Shirley Jackson is enjoying a moment. This is thanks to Josephine Decker’s new movie Shirley, released via streaming platforms after a momentous world premiere at Sundance this past January. The crucial year in the life of the writer is brilliantly dramatized by Elisabeth...
The Women Who Knew: What We Know May 21, 2020 Joan Harrison’s story is incomplete without considering the importance of Alfred Hitchcock’s wife — and chief collaborator — Alma Reville. Joan joined Hitch and Alma in fall 1933 just as the director was making a crucial move to Gaumont-British Picture Corporation to develop The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). There, Joan received a crash...
Oscar Season: Joan’s Picks February 4, 2020 If Joan Harrison were alive today, which films would be her favorites to take home Oscar? Harrison was a voting member of the Academy, after making history in 1940 by walking away with not one but two screenwriting Oscar nominations: for Best Adapted script (Rebecca) and Best Original (Foreign Correspondent). She was furthermore very active...
Classic #MeToo: Joan Harrison’s Take on Hollywood January 7, 2020 Recent revelations of discrimination and harassment have raised awareness about the tremendous challenges women face as they try to maintain, let alone advance, their footing in the entertainment industry. The #MeToo movement has been critical for mobilizing large-scale change. But it’s all too easy to get caught up in the moment and forget Hollywood’s powerful,...
Ella Raines Arrives in Hollywood, Part Two December 31, 2019 Continued from part one. Hawks began grooming Raines for her debut in Corvette K-225 (1943), which he asked friend Richard Rossen to direct. He coached her on how to pose, move, and deliver lines for the camera and helped direct her early scenes with co-star Randolph Scott. Though Rossen was a friend, it didn’t stop...
Ella Raines Arrives in Hollywood, Part One December 24, 2019 When Joan Harrison’s first producing venture, Phantom Lady, was released through Universal, the film’s success elevated her to stardom. She was now the “Mistress of Suspense.” If asked at the time, she likely would have described this rise as part of her master plan. Joan always liked to remain in control. A signature piece of...