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Dr. Julie Lobalzo-Wright


Julie Lobalzo Wright holds a BA in English with an emphasis on Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, MA in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London and a PhD in Film Studies from King’s College London. Most of her research is concerned with crossover stardom, particularly male popular music stars in British and American cinema. She has published on David Bowie’s film stardom and Ice Cube’s position as an actor/producer in contemporary Hollywood, in addition to more widely on film stardom and music and film.

Research Interests

Her main research interests are in film and music stardom and the connection between the two industries, in addition to multimedia stardom, Hollywood stardom and masculinity in popular culture. She has recently co-edited a book examining longevity and fading in film stardom and is working on a monograph based on her thesis, with chapters that explore the crossover stardom of Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, Will Smith and Justin Timberlake.


  • Crossover Stardom: Popular Male Music Stars in American Cinema (Bloomsbury, Forthcoming, 2017).
  • Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure, co-edited with Lucy Bolton (Palgrave, 2016)

  • ‘The all-American golden boy: Robert Redford, blond hair and masculinity in Hollywood’, Celebrity Studies, Vol. 7, Issue 1 (Special Issue: Blondes, ed. Ginette Vincendeau) (2016).


  • “The Boy Kept Swinging: David Bowie, Music Video, and the Star Image” in The Music Video, edited by Michael Goddard, Kirsty Fairclough-Issacs, Gina Arnold and Danny Cookney (Bloomsbury, Forthcoming 2017).
  • "From Boy N the Hood to Hollywood Mogul: Ice Cube’s Lasting Stardom in Contemporary Hollywood" in Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure, edited by Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright (Palgrave, 2016).
  • “David Bowie is the Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star” in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives, edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin Power (Routledge, 2014).
  • “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 60s: The Opposing Gazes of Woodstock and Gimme Shelter” in The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, edited by Benjamin Halligan, Kirsty Fairclough-Issacs and Rob Edgar (Routledge, 2013).
  • Review of Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight, edited by Deborah Jermyn and In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity, edited by Su Holmes and Diane Negra, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (Autumn 2014).
  • Review of The British Pop Music Film: The Beatles and Beyond, Stephen Glynn, The Journal of British Cinema and Television, Journal of British Cinema and Television 11, no. 2-3 (2014).
  • Review of Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification, edited by Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television 34, no. 1 (2014).
  • Review of Hollywood’s Last Golden Age: Politics, Society, and the Seventies Film in America, Jonathan Kirshner, The Journal of Popular Culture 46, no. 5 (2013).
Selection of Conference Papers and Talks
  • ‘Kirk Douglas: The Movies, The Muscles, The Dimple’, 19 September 2016. Part of the Kirk Douglas Season at the British Film Institute.
  • “Will Smith’s Peter Pan Syndrome,” Celebrity Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, 19-21 June 2014.
  • “The Rolling Stones’ British and American Identity,” Mad Dogs and ‘Englishness’: Popular Music and English Identities at St. Mary’s University College, 20-21 June 2013.
  • “The Crossover: Why Popular Music Stardom and Film Stardom are Often at Odds With One Another,” Revisiting Star Studies at Newcastle University, 12-14 June 2013.
  • “All These Things That I’ve Done”: Justin Timberlake, The Killers and Southland Tales,” The Afterlife of the Film Song Symposium at the University of Bristol, 8 December 2012.
  • “The Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star: David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth,” A Strange Fascination?: A Symposium on David Bowie at the University of Limerick, 26-27 October 2012.
  • “Romance, Masculinity and the Star Image: The Work of Leonardo DiCaprio.” Film and Media 2012 at the Institute of Education, University of London, 22-24 June 2012.
  • Tougher Than Leather: Run-DMC, Blaxploitation and Hip Hop Cinema.” The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference in Boston, MA, 11-14 April 2012.



Julie has taught on many modules that examined stardom and performance, film history, British cinema, Hollywood as an industry, animation and female film directors.

At Warwick, she will be convening the first year modules: Film Criticism (Autumn) and Visual Cultures (Spring).