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Coming of age in a dreary Northwest town.  That's a very basic outline for the movie "Low Low," which is set in (but not actually shot in) Vancouver, Washington. 

Four working-class teen girls try to figure out what comes after high school in the film, which has already had single-night screenings in Ashland and Eugene (yes, and Vancouver). 

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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

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Fay Wray was a Hollywood legend, and not just for her pas de deux with King Kong.

She starred in more than 100 films, and at one time she and her husband, screenwriter Robert Riskin, were one of Tinseltown's most glamorous couples. They are the focus of the new book Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir.

This memoir, written by their daughter, is a look into Hollywood's golden era. 

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Paint your skin green, stagger around like your joints hurt, and make sounds like "arrrrr!" and people will generally get it: you're Frankenstein's monster.  Dr. Frankenstein's creation is actually 200 years old this year; Mary Shelley's little book came out in early 1818. 

And yet we still make new movies and plays and even musicals about the mad scientist and his creation of life from death. 

Ashland author Tod Davies has some ideas about the durability of the characters and story.  She talks about the "Monster Hit" in a lecture coming up at Southern Oregon University's library (May 10). 

The True Story Of Stuntwomen

Oct 6, 2016
Margaret Herrick Library/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Next time you see your favorite female actor risk life or limb on-screen, think good thoughts for the stunt double. 

That's the person who really faced the risks. 

Mollie Gregory tells the story of these unheralded heroines in her book Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story