Celebrity sexuality: Judith Anderson, Mrs Danvers, sexuality and 'truthfulness ' in biography

Desley Deacon*

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    Australian-born actress Judith Anderson's portrayal of the housekeeper Mrs Danvers in Hitchcock's 1940 film Rebecca has made her the poster girl for scholarly analyses of lesbian sexuality on film; and the plethora of books in the last few years about gays in Hollywood-scholarly and sensational-assume that Anderson was a lesbian. Yet evidence about her sexuality is highly ambiguous. This article uses Anderson's case to examine the biographer's problem in dealing accurately and meaningfully with their subject's sexuality, especially that of celebrities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-60
    Number of pages16
    JournalAustralian Historical Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


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