Does Hotness Diminish Humor? Cont.

[Chris Bodenner]

Susan Silver, a TV writer whose credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, asked Hawn a question about ageism at the Aspen talk (and Eisner chimed in with an odd response at the 2:50 mark):

Susan emails her take on our discussion thus far:

As the former Casting Director of Laugh-In, I was so happy to see Goldie again.  And I had worked for Michael a few times.  I was surprised more at the answer he gave to my question about ageism, particularly towards women in the business.  He sort of side-stepped it, saying something like “When we were young we had success …” The way I took it, he implied that now it was others’ chance. Huh?

Ageism is the new sexism. A few years ago, we members of the Writer’s Guild who were affected got a very nice financial settlement and acknowledgement that studios and agencies were ageist.  So I’m not sure what Michael meant as far as beautiful women not being funny; we know that is not true.

Oh well, Goldie was great and is involved in a very important project with education and children’s brains.

More on that project here.

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