Thank you, Karina Longworth & You Must Remember This
The podcast creator announced the show is on indefinite hiatus.
Today I came across a tweet from Karina Longworth — You Must Remember This podcast creator and host— saying that her popular podcast is closing up shop for the foreseeable future.
As a fan of Ms. Longworth’s, I’m excited her career is splintering down different avenues; however, as a die-hard You Must Remember This listener, my heart is a little sad today.
You see, I don’t really listen to podcasts, but YMRT I eat up ferociously. When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with Hollywood’s Golden Era, so much so that there is VHS evidence of me dressed as Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin and Bud Costello. My favorite book as a child was Harpo Marx’s autobiography, Harpo Speaks!, and I spent countless nights “researching” (a.k.a. looking at photos of) Cary Grant and Marlon Brando. I loved film so much that I went to college to study it, and then shipped off to LA to work in it.
Working in Hollywood made me fall out of love with film. I was the assistant to power players who killed any romantic notions I had for the industry. Once in awhile I found myself scavenging the city for remnants of old Hollywood, and it was enough to keep me somewhat grounded through a very challenging time in my life.
I would eventually leave Hollywood and move to Austin, Texas, in hopes of starting a writing career. The deep devotion I had for film was in critical condition until I happened upon You Must Remember This. I don’t recall how I learned about the show, but it immediately pulled me in with its tales of Classic Hollywood.
Ms. Longworth’s knowledge is awe-inspiring. Time and time again, I was bowled over by her research, her wit and her vocabulary. Not only was the show infinitely interesting, it made me feel smarter. It was an absolute joy to hear a fellow female nerd out about stars so many of us loved, or didn’t even know we loved. Ms. Longworth gave voices to stars whose stories have slipped from public consciousness, and she stood up for women whose reputations had been tarnished by the Hollywood gossip machine.
As much as YMRT was a podcast about Hollywood, it was also a feminist show. Ms. Longworth gave us perspective on starlets used and abused by a toxic system. That’s not to say she released them from any faults of their own; she gave us additional insight into how many of them were belittled, abused, assaulted and even raped by the people who were supposed to protect them, including mothers, fathers, managers, spouses and studio heads.
She gave female stars the rightful narratives we as a society need to hear, stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Jean Seberg, Jane Fonda, Raquel Welch, Madonna, Sharon Tate and more. These women experienced pain and adversity most of the public has never known, and their reputations were created by a society who often lumps famous women into two boxes — difficult/slut or naive/virgin. Ms. Longworth shared their truths and thus gave them back their voices.
Thank you, Karina Longworth, for dispensing your knowledge with us through You Must Remember This, and thank you for standing up for women in film. I look forward to reading your new book, Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, and your many works to come. I hope we will hear You Must Remember This once again some day.