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.
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, Lasting Screen Stars (Palgrave), which examined longevity and fading in film stardom and has a monograph, Crossover Stardom: Popular Male Music Stars in American Cinema (Bloomsbury) with chapters that explore the crossover stardom of Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, Will Smith and Justin Timberlake, forthcoming.