A Little Note on “Women’s History,” Search Terms, and Kathryn Bigelow

Okay, first of all guys, sorry about disappearing off the face of the Earth. The Vineyard’s been crazy and I’ve started scene study class with the brilliant and eclectic Erica Schmidt so things have been busy in a fun way.

I have a bit of a meta-post today in response to a lot of the searches people have been using to find my blog, particularly this post. A lot of queries about 1) Kathryn Bigelow’s height, 2) her relationship status and 3) what she looked like when she was with James Cameron. So without further ado…

1) The New York Times article by Manohla Dargis profiling her described her “six foot frame,” but the official word on her height is 5’11”. She is also a woman who is not afraid to wear heels, so it would make sense that Dargis’ estimate was a bit over.

There is no one more glamorous.

2) She is not dating Jeremy Renner.

They are just really good friends. Two really attractive, really good friends.

She’s been connected with The Hurt Locker‘s screenwriter/journalist (and fellow Academy Award Winner) Mark Boal.

He's 37, and she's 58. I can't tell. Can you?

3) I couldn’t find any wedding pictures so you’re just going to have to pretend. They were married from 1989 to 1991. So let’s just say this picture (which is probably her younger but I’m coming up blank, even when I look for pictures of the Point Break premiere.)

My favorite picture ever.

To be fair to James, this is him on the set of what I think is the first Terminator (1984), though it claims T2. The hair says early 80s to me. I remember Hamilton’s hair as straight in T2.

Kind of cute in a nerdy way.

To quote the Daily Mail:

On the set of Terminator 2, Cameron fell for his beautiful leading lady Linda Hamilton, who was five years younger than Bigelow.

His wife filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable and ‘unhappy’ differences between them that made it ‘impossible for them to live together’.

The divorce papers show the settlement was remarkably generous to him.

Bigelow got the marital home, and Cameron, now 55, paid the cost of her lawyers and gave her around £400,000.

But she signed away the right to any further spousal support – and her claim on a share of the £345million takings from Terminator 2. By anyone’s standards, Bigelow was a clear loser on the financial front – a fact probably driven home to her when Cameron went on to divorce, Hamilton, whom he married in 1997. She walked away with a settlement of £33million.

After their divorce, the former couple maintained an amicable relationship. A few years ago, Bigelow reportedly asked Cameron to look over the script of The Hurt Locker before committing to the project.

Cameron, who was making Avatar, told her to drop whatever she was working on and go for it. Perhaps a small part of him now regrets offering her such encouragement.

Of course, he hasn’t expressed that opinion in public.

Awkward, awkward choice dude. Even if it was a joke.

So there you go, Bigelow fans/haters. All your questions answered in one place. Though the question of why we should care about  her height or her past relationship with Cameron is pressing, I’ll be brief. As a woman and, quite frankly, a person, I do have an appreciation for the moment when you see an ex, and you are obviously way better off without him or her. Especially when s/he cheated on you. But Kathryn Bigelow is way more than a jilted woman. She’s a talented filmmaker, both in terms of art and craft, and she’s a pioneer, a role that she takes seriously. Ida Lupino and Mae West smile down on her. All hail the female king of cinema! (Like Hatshepsut. See what I did there, giving you more Women’s History Month for your dollar!)

I leave you with two of my favorite things, my dearly loved Lemons:

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is. –Kathryn Bigelow [Bold mine.]

Some pictures just make you infinitely happy, you know?

1 thought on “A Little Note on “Women’s History,” Search Terms, and Kathryn Bigelow

  1. Very comprehensive information about Kathryn, a woman I only new by name in the news a week ago, but am now blown away by (no pun intended) after seeing Zero Dark Thirty followed by searching her youtube videos and interviews.

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