Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Annie Kevans

Carmelita Geraghty

Carmelita Geraghty

Annie Kevans. Carmelita Geraghty, 2009.

Description:
Between 1922 and 1934 the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers, elected 13 starlets, or ‘WAMPAS Baby Stars’. As Photoplay Magazine noted in 1925, “the selection was made, not on what the girls have done in the past, but on their prospects for the future. They are all beginners whose latent talent and beauty have attracted the attention of the men who acquaint the outside world with the personalities of filmland's capital.” The WAMPAS Constitution affirmed that each WAMPAS member should feel an “ever-present consciousness of his responsibility to the profession he publicizes, the industry he represents and to the public whose tendencies, thoughts and impulses he is such a factor in forming and directing”. With this in mind, the girls were given new identities, then presented to the world at the annual ‘WAMPAS Frolic’, where their all American beauty could be celebrated and idealised. Although Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, and Fay Wray became Hollywood hits, most Baby Stars were not destined for stardom. Of the 143 girls, most were unable to pursue careers in the ‘talkies’ and rapidly disappeared from public consciousness. Today, their images remain lost in Hollywood archives.

Medium:
Painting

Tags:
childhood, child, girl, paint, portrait, figurative, Hollywood, film, movie, fame, exploitation, american dream, Carmelita, Carmelita Geraghty

Images
Brooke Shields 2Brooke Shields with Raised ArmsShakiraShirley TempleOlsen TwinsElinor FairCarmelita Geraghty

Location
Stoke Newington, London
United Kingdom

Contact
Space Studios, Stoke Newington Library, 184 Church Street
Stoke Newington, London N160
United Kingdom
anniekevans@me.com

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