Cecelia Ager (born January 23, 1902 in Green Valley , California as Cecelia Rubenstein , † April 2, 1981 in Los Angeles , California) was an American film critic and journalist . Ager has written for Variety , PM , Harper's Bazaar , Vogue, and The New York Times , among others .
Ager was hired by Variety founder Sime Silverman in 1932 after she asked him at a dinner party who would write his articles for women. At first, Ager mainly wrote about the actresses' costumes before she also wrote her first film reviews. Ager was the first woman to work as a film critic for Variety.
In 1940 she switched to working as a film critic for the daily PM and its successor New York Star, until it was discontinued in 1949. She then wrote as a freelance journalist for various publications on the entertainment industry.
Her aunt was the author Anzia Yezierska . From 1922 until his death in 1979 she was married to the composer Milton Ager . The two daughters Laurel Bentley and Shana Alexander emerged from the marriage.
Ager last lived in Beverly Hills and died in April 1981 at the age of 79 after a stroke.
- Shana Alexander : Happy Days: My Mother, My Father, My Sister & Me. Open Road Media, 1995, ISBN 978-0-385-41815-7
- Her Fortitude Is Godlike: A Tribute to Cecelia Ager at thehairpin.com, accessed on September 18, 2015
- Herbert Mitgang: Cecelia Ager, 79; Critic of Films Who Wrote for Variety and PM . in the New York Times on April 4, 1981
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Rubenstein, Cecelia (maiden name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American film critic and journalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 23, 1902|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Green Valley , California , United States|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 2, 1981|
|Place of death||Los Angeles , California , United States|