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Hollywood and Catholic Women

Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images



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Hollywood and Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images by Kathryn Schleich
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For years, actresses have been commenting on the dearth of interesting movie roles for women. Virgins or vamps, but few women of depth, few complicated women with conflicting emotions or moral uncertainty. Author Kathryn Schleich wondered why women in Hollywood have so few choices.

As an adult convert to Catholicism, Schleich was introduced to the equally patriarchal hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Seeing the reality of Catholic women being barred from full participation in so many of the important, meaningful practices of the Church, Schleich again asked, "Why?"

So, in the same way someone put peanut butter and chocolate together in one bite-sized package, "Hollywood and Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images" was born.

Why should a group of nuns who have escaped East Germany need the help of a wandering handyman to build a chapel? How is it that the brutal murder of a whore can trigger the redemption of an ambitious priest? And why can't Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby live the religious life, side by side, happily ever after? Both entertaining and insightful, "Hollywood and Catholic Women" addresses important questions about women in the Church and women in Hollywood and should spark lively debate.

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November 17th, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
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