Ida Lupino, English-American film actress and director, and pioneer among women filmmakers, born in 1918.
Ida Lupino was an English-American film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her 48-year career, she appeared in 59 films and directed nine others. She also appeared in serial television programmes 58 times and directed 50 other episodes. In addition, she contributed as a writer to five films and four TV episodes.
In the mid-1940s, while on suspension for turning down a role, Lupino became interested in directing. She described herself as being bored on set while “someone else seemed to be doing all the interesting work.” She and her husband Collier Young formed an independent company, The Filmakers [sic], and Lupino became a producer, director and screenwriter of low-budget, issue-oriented movies.
Her first directing job came unexpectedly in 1949 when Elmer Clifton suffered a mild heart attack and could not finish Not Wanted, the film he was directing for Filmakers. Lupino stepped in to finish the film and went on to direct her own projects, becoming Hollywood’s only female film director of the time.
In an article for the Village Voice, Carrie Rickey wrote that Lupino was a model of modern feminist moviemaking, stating:
Not only did Lupino take control of production, direction and screenplay, but each of her movies addresses the brutal repercussions of sexuality, independence, and dependence.
After four “woman’s” films about social issues – including Outrage (1950), a film about rape – Lupino directed her first hard-paced, fast-moving picture, The Hitch-Hiker (1953), making her the first woman to direct a film noir. Writer Richard Koszarski noted that:
Her films display the obsessions and consistencies of a true auteur… [In her films The Bigamist and The Hitch-Hiker Lupino was able to reduce the male to the same sort of dangerous, irrational force that women represented in most male-directed examples of Hollywood film noir.
Lupino often joked that if she had been the “poor man’s Bette Davis” as an actress, then she had become the “poor man’s Don Siegel” as a director. In 1952, Lupino was invited to become the “fourth star” in Four Star Productions by Dick Powell, David Niven, and Charles Boyer, after Joel McCrea and Rosalind Russell had dropped out of the company.
although i dislike that the source for this is wikipedia, i can get behind calling attention to someone who sounds pretty badass. i have never heard of her before! i would like to read/learn more.