Hollywood Politicos, Then and Now: Who They Are, What They Want, Why It Matters
- Publish Date: 2009-04-16
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Greg R. Rabidoux
This book is an exploration and analysis of the political activism of Hollywood celebrities and organizations. It covers early Hollywood unionism like the creation of the Screen Actors Guild and the Screen Writers Guild, as well as the actors and directors who organized against Nazism and Franco's Spanish activists during World War II. The author discusses the special role that Hollywood played during the war years and then moves on to 'celebrity-centered' activism, with the notable examples during the 1960s and 1970s of Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, Barbara Streisand, Warren Beatty, and Jane Fonda. The main portion of the book profiles contemporary activism by current Hollywood stars, including Angelina Jolie, Michael J. Fox, Ashley Judd, and George Clooney. The author examines their political agendas and activism, as well as their impact on today's American political landscape and policy-making in Washington, D.C. Using facts, figures, lighthearted commentary and trivia, this book provides a political and historical perspective on the nature of our society's reverence for stars and what it may say about us as a democratic society.