Adrienne L. McLean


Professor of Film Studies




Education: Ph.D., Emory University, 1994, Film Studies and American Studies.  M.F.A., Southern Methodist University, 1981, Dance.



Areas of Specialization: Film history and theory; women and film; classical Hollywood cinema; stars and star images; dance history.






Behind the Silver Screen: Costume, Makeup, and Hair (ed.), series editor Jon Lewis (Rutgers University Press, 2016).

Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film (ed.) (Rutgers University Press, 2014).

Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s (ed.) (Rutgers University Press, 2011).

Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2008; second printing 2011).  Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2008.

Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom (Rutgers University Press, 2004; second printing 2005).

Headline Hollywood: A Century of Film Scandal (co-ed. David Cook) (Rutgers University Press, 2001).

Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema, series eds. Adrienne L. McLean and Murray Pomerance (Rutgers University Press). Ten volumes, contracted 2006, published 2009-2012.


Work in Progress:


Movie Star Looks: Makeup and Hair in Hollywood Cinema (contracted to Rutgers University Press).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

"Cary Grant in His Girl Friday." In Close-up: Great Cinematic Performances, United States, Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens, eds. (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

"Marcello Mastroianni in ." In Close-up: Great Cinematic Performances, International, Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens, eds. (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).  

"Cyd Charisse: America’s Movie Ballerina" and «Cyd Charisse: la ballerine du cinéma américain», trans. Nicolas Cognard, Marguerite Chabrol et Pierre-Olivier Toulza. In Star Turns in Hollywood Musicals and Stars et solistes du musical hollywoodien, Marguerite Chabrol and Pierre-Olivier Toulza, eds. (Presses du réel, 2017), 184-201 (English volume), 188-205 (French volume).

"If Only They Had Meant to Make a Comedy: Laughing at Black Swan." In The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Wayne State University Press, 2013).

"Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth: Pinned Up." In What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s, Sean Griffin, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2011).

"Flirting with Terpsichore: Dance, Class, and Entertainment in 1930s Film Musicals." In The Sound of Musicals, Steven Cohan, ed. (BFI/Palgrave, 2010).

"What a Swell Party This Was: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra." In Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s, R. Barton Palmer, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

"Putting 'Em Down Like a Man: Eleanor Powell and the Spectacle of Competence." In Hetero: Queering Representations of Straightness, Sean Griffin, ed. (SUNY Press, 2009).

"Wedding Bells Ring, Storks Are Expected, the Rumours Aren’t True, Divorce Is the Only Answer:  Stardom and Fan-Magazine Family Life in 1950s Hollywood." In A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Wallflower Press, 2008).

"1958: Movies and Allegories of Ambivalence." In American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations, Murray Pomerance, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2005).  

"'New Films in Story Form': Movie Story Magazines and Spectatorship," Cinema Journal (2003).  

"Feeling and the Filmed Body: Judy Garland and the Kinesics of Suffering," Film Quarterly (2002).

"Media Effects: Marshall McLuhan, Television Culture, and 'The X-Files,'" in Horace Newcomb, ed., Television: The Critical View, 6th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Film Quarterly (1998). 

"The Thousand Ways There Are to Move: Camp and Oriental Dance in the Hollywood Musicals of Jack Cole," in Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film, Matthew Bernstein and Gaylyn Studlar, eds. (Rutgers University Press, 1997) and Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement (2004).

"The Cinderella Princess and the Instrument of Evil: Surveying the Limits of Female Transgression in Two Postwar Hollywood Scandals," Cinema Journal (1995).

"'I'm a Cansino': Transformation, Ethnicity, and Authenticity in the Construction of Rita Hayworth, American Love Goddess," The Journal of Film and Video (1993).


Honors and Awards:

Robert De Niro Fellowship, Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2011-2012.

Victor Worsfold Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Arts and Humanities, UTD, 2001.

Sigma Nu Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Emory College, Emory University, 1997.

First Place, Society for Cinema Studies Student Writing Competition, 1992.

Ball Brothers Foundation Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, University of Indiana, 1992.

Algur H. Meadows Fellowship in Dance, Southern Methodist University, 1979-1981.