Lectures

Fascinating lectures for movie-lovers of all ages!

Sharon Rich has lectured about Hollywood history and gossip to tweens, teens, adults and seniors. She has been featured at schools, film seminars, at AFI east coast, at a European arts festival and on cruises. See below for sample topics.  All lectures can include video or DVD clips.

Why Should I Watch Black-&-White Movies?
This lecture is geared for young people, providing a fun and historical overview of the film industry, famous tweens and teens, and how Hollywood innovations paralleled the landmark events of the 20th Century.

So You Want to Be in Showbiz?
Most young people that break into Hollywood need to quickly learn the basics about the Hollywood greats that preceded them. Don’t wait to take Film History in school; this is another lecture for young people wanting to get a jump on the famous actors, directors and films of Hollywood’s Golden Years.

Opera in Film
From Enrico Caruso to Luciano Pavarotti, many opera greats attempted a movie career. Only one achieved Hollywood stardom (guess who?) but this lecture covers those that ventured onto the silver screen.

Hollywood Scandal – What Hedda and Louella Couldn’t Tell
Sharon has known or interviewed hundreds of people about Hollywood’s Golden Years, from silent film stars onward. She shares the scandals that were covered up by the old studio system.

1939 – Hollywood’s Greatest Year
This lecture covers the most prolific year in film history.

Hollywood Goes to War
This lecture covers some lesser known excellent films made in the late 1930s and early ‘40s that subtly urged America to jump into WWII before the Holocaust became an unstoppable juggernaut.

History of …You Fill in the Blank!
Silent Films, Musicals, Child Stars, Vamps & Werewolves, British Royals, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch, Books into Film…or whatever topic interests your group!

How to Write a Book – And Really Do It!
Are you sitting on the Great American Novel or a fascinating memoir? Do you have trouble starting your book…or finishing it? Sharon has authored or edited over 20 books and ghost-written or coached on several more. This lecture focuses on practical tips not taught in creative writing classes that will actually help you get the job done.

…and last but not least:

Hollywood’s Greatest Cover-up: The Jeanette MacDonald – Nelson Eddy Love Affair
This lecture is very dear to Sharon’s heart, as it encompasses all that was great – and terrible – about Hollywood’s golden years. Back then the studio moguls dictated the personal lives of their stars, including who they could marry and whether they could divorce or have children. The MacDonald-Eddy off-screen story had amazing twists and turns. But as with any Romeo-and-Juliet type story, the only happy ending was in their movies.