From Haworth to Hollywood

Thursday 12 September 2024

An online Thursday Talk from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

An online Thursday Talk from the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Tinseltown fell under the spell of the Brontë sisters...

Three of the major studios were set to produce Bront
ë movies: MGM released Wuthering Heights in 1939 starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, 20th Century Fox released Jane Eyre in 1943 starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles, and Warner Bros. released Devotion in 1946.
This talk focuses on Devotion, taking us from the Haworth moors to the Hollywood hills to explore how the Brontë family were brought to life for the first time in a feature film. Directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Ida Lupino, Olivia de Havilland, and Nancy Coleman, the film has become known for its inaccuracies, but we'll see how the spirit of the Brontës burned bright in the actors who portrayed them during a tumultuous time in Hollywood history.

The talk will be presented by Sam Harrison, a Deputy Manager for our Visitor Experience team at the Museum as well as co-host to the Museum Podcast ‘Behind the Glass’. Sam has a passion for Hollywood history and studied Film and TV Production at University.
Date: Thursday 12 September, 7:30pm (BST)
Tickets: £5

This online event will take place via Zoom. This is a live event and will not be recorded. Please book your tickets before 5pm on Thursday 12 September to ensure you recieve your event link in time for the talk, and email if you haven't received the link by 5pm on the day of the talk. Thank you.

Thursday Talks are delivered by our knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers.  

This is an online event delivered via Zoom. Want to join person? We'll be running an in-person version of this Thursday Talk at the Museum. Find out more here.
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