Beulah Livingstone – Cinema’s First Female Publicist

A pencil sketch from Anthony Slide’s book EARLY WOMEN DIRECTORS.

[In 1918] First National Pictures even published a newssheet, titled Fashions and Fillers for Feminine Fans. In it Constance Talmadge “wrote” on “opportunities for women in motion pictures.” One issue was devoted to the work of Ruth Oelman, a location finder. [Edit] Another issue featured the publicity writer, represented by Beulah Livingstone, who thought “publicity is the coming game of women.” As the person largely responsible for building up Norma Talmadge to stardom, Beulah Livingstone is an excellent example of what women accomplished in the film industry.

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In the book, the text below this sketch reads: Silent cinema’s first woman publicist.

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