Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw: Chasing the Panther: Adventures & Misadventures of a Cinematic Life

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Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw in conversation with Joan Juliet Buck

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Carolyn Pfeiffer’s new memoir traces her improbable journey from small-town North Carolina into the epicenter of European cinema in the 1960s. There she became a confidant to everyone from Omar Sharif to Claudia Cardinale—while bearing witness to the making of landmark films including Doctor Zhivago, 8 ½, Le Piscine, and Pink Panther – all against a backdrop of sweeping social change. In the 1970s, Pfeiffer returned to America to cofound her own production company, where she oversaw titles such as Kiss of the Spider Woman, Koyaanisqatsi, and Stop Making Sense before moving into academia, heading up the Los Angeles Film School, then taking charge of the University of Texas at Austin’s pioneering film initiative Burnt Orange Productions.. Pfeiffer balances her triumphs with deeply personal trials, making for a story of fortitude and self-actualization.

Joan Juliet Buck (moderator) is an American writer and actress who grew up in Cannes, Paris, and London. She was the editor-in-chief of French Vogue from 1994 to 2001, the only American ever to have edited a French magazine. She was contributing editor to Vogue and Vanity Fair for many years, and writes for Harper’s Bazaar. The author of two novels, she published a memoir, The Price of Illusion, in 2017. In 2020, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her short story, “Corona Diary.” She is the only child of Jules Buck, an American film producer, who moved his family to Europe in 1952 in reaction to ’50s political repression. Her mother, Joyce Ruth Getz was a child model, actress, and interior designer. As a teenager Buck met Tom Wolfe and became the subject of his piece, “The Life and Hard Times of a Teenage London Society Girl,” which he republished in The Pump House Gang.