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“I just got through crying a little while ago…when I look back at those days, I think (the movies were) better then…We’ve been taught a fallacy over the years. I don’t know who taught it to us, but it’s that everything big and new is good and everything small and old is bad. That is just not true. I want to commend the sentiments and the energy and the ideals of (those) gathered here today to preserve what was good about what is now old.” -Buddy Ebsen
My name is Annette Bochenek, and I am an ardent admirer of the written word. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Middle/Secondary Education from Butler University (with a Spanish minor), and a Master’s degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago. Currently, I am pursuing a second Master’s degree in Library and Information Science through the University of Alabama and a PhD in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, in order to get closer to my dream of working as an archivist and preserving items related to Golden Age Hollywood and film history. I work as a Digital Services Advisor at a five-star library, and as a high school English teacher, while also teaching film and hosting a classic film series. More recently, I was featured on Turner Classic Movies, to co-introduce a film alongside Ben Mankiewicz.
While I do hold a clear passion for literature, I also consider myself to be an independent scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. I have presented original research at conferences across the nation, which have subsequently allowed me to also explore places of significance to the genre of classic film.
One of my favorite pastimes includes discovering the hometowns of Hollywood legends. I think it’s safe to say that not every future star had a life of glitz and glamour from the very beginning. Rather, some of the larger-than-life icons of the screen came from more modest means and humble beginnings. I feel that studying the lives of eventual celebrities and walking the same streets that they had graced in days gone by ultimately makes these figures more accessible, relatable, and overall human.
I invite you to read of my adventures as I encounter them, and to share any information you deem fit. I know that I am certainly not the only classic film fan out there!
All the Best,
Do you love to read about classic cinema? If so, I welcome you to see what else I’ve written!
So far, I have co-authored two e-books, entitled The Fabulous Films of the 30s, Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Classic Films on the Move, Words! Words! Words! Essays on Writing and Writers in Classic Film, and Hollywood on Hollywood: Essays on Ten Films About Tinseltown. Both are presented by the Classic Movie Blog Association and are available for purchase via Amazon. All proceeds are donated to film preservation. Check it out!
If you would like to enjoy other articles I’ve written which pertain specifically to classic cinema, please visit the following links:
“Irene Dunne Introduction,” for Park Ridge Library: The Rediscovered
“The Key,” for Park Ridge Library: The Rediscovered
“Remembering Mickey Rooney,” for Park Ridge Classic Film
“Forever Dancing: A Preview of Swing Time,” for Park Ridge Library: Screen Deco
“Style is Eternal,” for Park Ridge Library: Screen Deco
“A Screen Deco Reflection,” for Park Ridge Library: Screen Deco
“The Face of Deco: Dolores Del Rio,” for Park Ridge Library: Screen Deco
“Sheer Heaven: The Rhythm of Fred and Ginger,” for Park Ridge Library: Screen Deco
“Smile,” for Park Ridge Library: Legends of Laughter
“The Legends in Our Modern Time,” for Park Ridge Library: Legends of Laughter
I have also been interviewed and featured on different websites. To read these interviews, visit the following links: