Who’s Got Gumption?
I curled up on the couch this weekend and watched The Holiday and have had one word stuck in my mind since then. Gumption. If you’ve seen the film you know that the retired screenwriter teaches one of the protagonists about what it means to have gumption. My handy dictionary describes gumption as initiative, resourcefulness, courage, spunk, or guts. It’s a strong word that, I think, is a good summary word to describe our next filmmaker star.
Hint: Today’s filmmaker invented the boom mike
(a device that’s like a pole with a mike attached to the end).
“My philosophy is that to be a director you cannot be subject to anyone, even the head of the studio. I threatened to quit each time I didn’t get my way, but no one ever let me walk out.”
Gumption, don’t you think?
Dorothy was a
She started off her career by studying to be a doctor at
She stopped working for studios in 1943 for unrecorded reasons but continued to make some training videos, commercials and produced plays before settling in as a professor at the UCLA film school until she passed on in 1979.
Check out the trailer for one of her films Christopher Strong (1933)
Thoughts on Dorothy? Why do you think she was able to be so successful in the
Lamp photo by Boby Dimitrov