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Women Who Made History In The Film Industry: June Mathis
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’d like to recognize leading women in our industry and the incredible ladies who made cinematic history. Women have been an integral part of the video and film industry since it’s early origins, but history is still being made in the present. In this blog, we highlight the accomplishments of June Mathis, who was once referred to as the most powerful woman in Hollywood.
June Mathis was born June Beulah Hughes on January 30, 1887 in Leadville, Colorado. She took her stepfather’s last name and grew up in Salt Lake City. After a brief career as a stage actress and scriptwriting work on several films in 1917, Mathis was hired in 1918 by MGM to write film scenarios. In 1919 she successfully adapting Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for the screen. The film was released in 1921. Mathis also wrote the scripts for several other popular Valentino vehicles, including The Sheik (1921), Blood and Sand (1922), and The Young Rajah (1922).
Not a lot is know of Mathis, but she is credited to have written over 100 films in the Silent Era. She was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and appears in history books as a writer-producer with an eye for talent. She gave both Buster Keaton and Rudolph Valentino their debuts on film. Mathis died suddenly in 1927 while attending a play with her mother at a New York theatre.
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