WorldCat Identities

Watts, Jill 1958-

Works: 7 works in 31 publications in 1 language and 3,151 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN2287.M165, 791.43028092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jill Watts
Mae West : an icon in black and white by Jill Watts( )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 2,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life and times of Mae West, from her early years in Brooklyn to her success on stage and in film, and argues that the sexy and humorous persona for which she is known was based on elements from African American culture
Hattie McDaniel : Black ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a comprehensive biography of Hattie McDaniel, and chronicles her life as the daughter of a former slave and Union soldier and career that labeled her the most respected African-American actress of her time
Hattie McDaniel : Hollywood odyssey by Jill Watts( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her biography, Watts unveils the tale of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Born in 1893, the youngest daughter of freed slaves, McDaniel sang and danced to help provide for her poverty-stricken family. Her early career as a comedian and singer garnered raves. She landed in Hollywood, appearing as an extra in scores of early 1930s films. Soon speaking roles in films like Stella Dallas led to her Oscar-winning performance as Mammy in the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind. This achievement marked the pinnacle of McDaniel's career-and heralded its collapse. Despite the complexity of her portrayal, McDaniel became typecast as the affable, disgruntled or tippling domestic. Although she'd educated herself, dressed elegantly and became involved in a range of political and social issues, McDaniel was hampered by studios that presented her as an eye-rolling, dialect-speaking Jemima. Watts's strength lies in her explication of the political and social conflicts in which McDaniel was embroiled
An icon in black and white by Jill Watts( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unravels the enigmatic life of Mae West, tracing her early years spent in the Brooklyn, and following her journey through burlesque, vaudeville, and finally, to Hollywood. Throughout, it poses the question, were Mae West's partially African-American ancestry the root of the persona she portrayed on screen?
When I'm bad, I'm better : the groundbreakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The fourth episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode four looks a the work of controversial comedians. For the groundbreaks fo comedy getting a laugh and getting at the truth were the same. Looks at the comedy of not only Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, but also Mae West, Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor
Stories from Piaye : the world through the eyes of the children( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

These outside directions by Jill Watts( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.13 (from 0.08 for Mae West : ... to 0.80 for When I'm b ...)

Hattie McDaniel : Black ambition, White Hollywood Hattie McDaniel : Hollywood odyssey
Hattie McDaniel : Black ambition, White HollywoodHattie McDaniel : Hollywood odysseyAn icon in black and white
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