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.