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The Woman Behind The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Milicent Patrick at work on her creation.

Milicent Patrick was one of Disney's first and few female animators. She was also the creative mind behind one of the all-time classic film monsters: "The Creature from the Black Lagoon."

But credit for her creation was taken by an envious male co-worker, and Milicent faded into oblivion.

Mallory O'Meara's tale of the search for the creator of the Gill Man tells the almost forgotten story of an extraordinary creative career, and the Hollywood sexism that erased it.  The book is called The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick.  Mallory O'Meara is our guest.  

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