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Beverly Gray

Lex and Carol Sears Philanthropic Fund

Beverly Gray completed her doctorate in Contemporary American Fiction at UCLA, then went to work for B-movie legend Roger Corman, making some 170 low-budget features. Her published books include the best-selling Roger Corman: "Blood-Sucking Vampires", "Flesh-Eating Cockroaches," and Driller Killers as well as the brand-new "Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation." Currently Beverly teaches screenwriting through UCLA Extension's Writers' Program. For the past six years, she has written a popular twice-weekly blog, Beverly in Movieland.

fromLibrary Journal (09/15/2017):

Inarguably one of the most influential films of the 1960s, The Graduate, which is based on the 1963 novella of the same name by Charles Webb, has a great backstory. Just in time for its 50th anniversary, this behind-the-scenes look at the modern classic by film historian and former story editor Beverly Gray (Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers) reveals an unlikely multi-character marriage. A schlockmeister producer (Lawrence Turman), a young film director (Mike Nichols), a New York actor considered too short and homely to play a leading man (Dustin Hoffman), and an unsympathetic leading lady (Anne Bancroft) all combine to make movie history. Gray has plumbed film archives and interviews to reveal the story behind optioning the book, casting, and the intentions behind set and costume design. There is even scene-by-scene narration of the plot. Readers discover how this seemingly unprepossessing movie, adapted from a decidedly not best-selling novella, became one of the top-grossing films of its day, helping to articulate the frantic youth movement that defined 1960s culture and made stars of its actors. VERDICT Highly recommended for serious cineastes and fans.--Ellen Abrams, New York

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Scheduled events:
Screenwriting for Film & TV
From low budgeting filmmaking through “The Simpsons” to "12 Strong," Beverly Gray, Bill Odenkirk and Doug Stanton discuss the development process, creative collaboration and producing.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Beverly Gray, Bill Odenkirk, Doug Stanton
Moderator: Heather Hale
Perspectives on Hollywood
Meet Beverly Gray and Kathryn Sermak, these two Hollywood veterans will discuss what it takes (and what it used to take) to survive and thrive in Hollywood. Assistive listening devices available.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Beverly Gray, Kathryn Sermak
Moderator: Jeff Yanc
Hollywood's Heyday
A historian of Beverly Hills, Bette Davis's personal assistant, and a Hollywood maven discuss the people and movies that made Hollywood what it was in its heyday. Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nancie Clare, Beverly Gray, Kathryn Sermak
Moderator: Michael Mulcahy

Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation
Book / Movie Biz
November 2017
ISBN 9781616206161
Hardcover, 304 pages
$24.95, INSTORE
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"An exploration of The Graduate's influence on filmmaking and how the movie both reflected and changed a generation's views of sex, work, and marriage"--

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