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Pretty People

Movie Stars of the 1990s
Anna Everett (Editor)
288 pages, 51 photograghs, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Cloth, May 2012 $72.00   ADD TO CART
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Series: Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema
Subject Area:
American Studies, Film, Media Studies, and Communications


In the 1990s, American civil society got upended and reordered as many social, cultural, political, and economic institutions were changed forever. Pretty People examines a wide range of Hollywood icons who reflect how stardom in that decade was transformed as the nation itself was signaling significant changes to familiar ideas about gender, race, ethnicity, age, class, sexuality, and nationality.

Such actors as Denzel Washington, Andy Garcia, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and Antonio Banderas became bona fide movie stars who carried major films to amazing box-office success. Five of the decade’s top ten films were opened by three women—Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, and Whoopi Goldberg. “Chick flick” entered the lexicon as Leonardo DiCaprio became the “King of the World,” ushering in the cult of the mega celebrity. Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise defined screen masculinity as stark contrasts between “the regular guy” and “the intense guy” while the roles of Michael Douglas exemplified the endangered “Average White Male.” A fascinating composite portrait of 1990s Hollywood and its stars, this collection marks the changes to stardom and society at century’s end.


"Everett assembles a coterie of capable scholars to investigate changes in society, popular culture, and stardom during the 1990s. Several chapters shine with insight. Everett's chapter on the talents of the iconoclastic Johnny Depp delights as it instructs. Recommended."

Author / Editor Bio

ANNA EVERETT is a professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909–1949 and Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace and founding editor of the journal Screening Noir.


Murray Pomerance, Mary Beth Haralovich, Toby Miller, Linda Williams, Laura Isabel Serna, Tara McPherson, Mia Mask, Melvin Donalson, Cynthia Fuchs, Tracey Hoover, Gilberto Blasini, Karen Hollinger, Donna Peberdy, R. Palmer

Table Of Contents


1. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Corporeal Charisma

2. Jodie Foster: Feminist Hero?

3. Denzel Washington: A Revisionist Black Masculinity

4. Julia Roberts: Cultural Phenomenon

5. Leonardo DiCaprio: King of the “World”

6. Antonio Banderas, Andy Garcia, and Edward James Olmos: Stardom, Masculinity, and “Latinidades”

7. Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise: The Box Office and “True Masculinity”

8. Angela Bassett and Halle Berry: African American Leading Ladies

9. Michael Douglas: An Ordinary Man

10. Pierce Brosnan: Licensed to Sell

11. Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves: Hollywood and the Iconoclasts

In the Wings

Works Cited


Black Female Sexualities
Trimiko Melancon, Joanne M. Braxton
Art and the Subway
Tracy Fitzpatrick
Phantom Ladies
Tim Snelson
Electronic Iran
Niki Akhavan