The democratic elite: America's movie stars
- Cite this article as:
- Levy, E. Qual Sociol (1989) 12: 29. doi:10.1007/BF00989243
- 153 Downloads
This study presents a collective portrait of movie stars, an American artistic elite. It examines the social backgrounds and recruitment patterns of top movie stars in the United States from 1932 to 1984.
Screen acting has involved an inherent conflict between its democratic populist ideology and its elitist practice. While the social base of the film elite is relatively open and democratic, few film players achieve stardom at any given time.
Horray for Hollywood Where every office boy or young mechanic Can be a panic With just a good-looking pan And any shop girl Can be a top girl If she pleases the tired businessman
(Hollywood Hotel, 1937)