“My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England—I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers.” -- Ida Lupino Before Patty Jenkins, Ava Duvernay, Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees, or any of the other incredible female directors that we've become familiar with, there was Ida Lupino. Ida Lupino was an actress turned producer/director. At the time she was the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system. She founded an independent production company, co-wrote and co-produced several of her own social-message films, and was the first woman to direct a film noir, The Hitch-

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