Mallory O’Meara with Moira Macdonald
Milicent Patrick, one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters, is the subject of screenwriter and filmmaker Mallory O’Meara’s book, The Lady of the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (Hanover Square Press/Harper).
"The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of a film pioneer whose contributions to special effects have been largely and unjustly forgotten. Inspired by Patrick's seminal contribution and frustrated by her relative obscurity, O'Meara set off on a quest to discover everything she could about her idol, resulting in this engaging, conversational, passionate biography, which details both Patrick's life and O'Meara's own research mission. Born in 1915 to a conservative structural engineer, Patrick grew up in the shadow of Hearst Castle before her family moved to Hollywood and Patrick started her Hollywood career as an actress and an animator. In an ironic twist of fate, the man responsible for hiring Patrick as a designer at Universal Pictures would also be the one who cut her career short because of his envy over the attention she got for creating the creature...there's never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.”- Booklist.
Mallory will be joined in conversation by Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times.