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The Lady from the Black Lagoon

Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

By Author Mallory O'Meara
Hanover Square Press
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A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Millicent Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Mindy Johnson becomes part of the story in this riveting examination of Hollywood's forgotten past. In addition to appearing in the narrative, Johnson's research, and her book Ink & Paint, helped to reveal the story of Millicent Patrick's years as a pioneering color animator working on her earliest monster at Walt Disney Studios in the late 1930s!

The woman behind the classic monsters of our collective Hollywood Fantasies finally comes to life within this compelling odyssey of betrayal, broken dreams and shining resilience. Spanning the worlds of film, animation, horror and glamour, Mallory O'Meara richly reweaves the splintered mystery of Millicent Patrick into a dead-on expose' of Hollywood then and now. Dive in!

— Mindy Johnson

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