An engaging chronicle of Milicent Patrick, a woman trailblazer in the film industry...This passionately written biography will do much to bring Patrick the recognition she deserves.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Captivating and exhaustively researched...This is a fascinating slice of Hollywood history.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
[An] engaging, forthright, and personal history of both the author and her muse.-- "Library Journal"
There's never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
That is, until film producer, horror-aficionado, and Black Lagoon acolyte, Mallory O’Meara begins to investigate rumors about the monster’s creator only to find more questions than answers. Through diligent research, O’Meara learns that the enigmatic artist led a rich and fascinating life that intersects with some of the largest figures of mid-century America, including William Randolph Hearst and Walt Disney.
The sudden, premature end to Patrick’s career is defined by circumstances that parallel—uncomfortably so—O’Meara’s own experiences in the film world, an industry that continues to be dominated by men. In a narrative with equal parts mystery and biography, The Lady from the Black Lagoon interweaves the lives of two women separated by decades but bound together by the tragedies and triumphs of working in Hollywood.