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

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