WEEK IN WOMEN: RIP Ms. Betsy Drake, ‘Ishtar Effect’ Update, Hardwicke to EEOC & Female Figures MIA – Brandy McDonnell reports

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RIP and RESPECT for Betsy Drake. The former actress, screenwriter and co-founder of the Actors Studio really deserves an obituary that focuses on her achievements rather than on her relationship with her ex-husband Cary Grant. We’re calling out the media bias! Plus: Will the ‘Ishtar effect’ of poor box office on their new films, all released on November 13, derail the directorial careers of Patricia Riggen (The 33), Angelina Jolie Pitt (By the Sea), and Jessie Nelson (Love the Coopers)? What does Catherine Hardwicke have to say to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? And, where are the women in Marvel’s new action figure sets? Read THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.