Holly Grout
Associate Professor, University of Alabama

Holly Grout is an associate professor at the University of Alabama. She is the author of The Force of Beauty: Transforming French Ideas of Femininity in the Third Republic (2015). She is currently working on her second book, provisionally ‘Playing Cleopatra: Inventing the Female Celebrity in Third Republic France’.

Written by Holly Grout

Greta Garbo photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull for the film The Kiss (1927). Photo by Getty Images

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Film and visual culture
Celebrity matters

As aspirational avatars, idolised icons and vessels of collective memory, celebrities permeate all aspects of modern life

Holly Grout