The studio star system and prohibitive Hays Code kept Hollywood stars on a tight leash.
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, movie studios ruled the roost. Their star system produced iconic actors and actresses that lit up the box office, but they also controlled the personal and professional lives of the screen legends at all times. The clauses in A-listers’ contracts were extremely prohibitive, and they were also constrained in what they could do on-screen by Hollywood’s self-censoring Hays Code.
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