Ageism in Hollywood: Actor sues as IMDB reveals her age

// 19 October 2011

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An actor is suing Amazon because its Internet Movie Database posted her date of birth, which the suit claims has led to her struggling to win roles:

The lawsuit alleges that Amazon’s “actions have had a double-whammy effect on plaintiff’s livelihood.”

“First, because lesser-known forty-year-old actresses are not in demand in the entertainment business, plaintiff has suffered a substantial decrease in acting credits, employment opportunities and earnings.

“Second, because plaintiff looks so much younger than her actual age indicates, plaintiff has experienced rejection in the industry for each ‘forty-year-old’ role for which she has interviewed.”

Amazon probably got the info on her date of birth after doing credit checks when she subscribed to IMDBPro, the lawsuit claims.

The actress’ name is – understandably perhaps – not revealed, and she is referred to as ‘Jane Doe’. But it’s interesting in the light of our recent discussion on representation of older women in film.

Photo of the Hollywood sign by Gareth Simpson, shared on Flickr under a Creative Commons license

Comments From You

Jessica Marie // Posted 20 October 2011 at 6:26 am

While I think this is something you see very starkly in the movie industry- ageism is something that women in all professions experience. I feel like a lot of times women in the working world are considered only as good as they look, and even then if they look good and work hard, they are only noted for looking good. But, back to the point, I feel like often times an older woman in the working world is seen as much more of a liability than an older man, which is actually often times preferable because he is seen as more distinguished and experienced.

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