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Martha Coolidge

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Born: August 17, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Haven, Connecticut, USA Profession: Director ...


She is a distant cousin of former president Calvin Coolidge.

In March 2002, Coolidge became the first female president of the Directors Guild of America when she succeeded Jack Shea who resigned.

Awarded the Crystal Award by Women in Film.

Awarded the Breakthrough Award by Women, Men & Media.

"If a man is demanding and doesn't stand for inefficiency, if he wants things done in a certain way, he will frequently get forceful, Many directors get angry and yell. They may be difficult. And on some level they are worshipped for that.

"If I do that, I run the risk of being 'shrill', 'a screamer' or 'a bitch'. This is a big dilemma for women directors. There are more people questioning what we can do every day. There are more people thinking they can push us around than there are thinking they can push men around. A director must be demanding and tough. When a woman gets that way she can run into criticism which I consider to be gender-based." --Martha Coolidge to DGA Magazine, November 1998.

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