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SYFY WIRE Women's History

Forgotten Women of Genre: Mercedes McCambridge

By Clare McBride

March is Women's History Month. And while we at SYFY FANGRRLS celebrate women's achievements all year long, we're going above and beyond this month with Season 2 of our limited podcast series, Forgotten Women of Genre.

Orson Welles once called her the “world’s greatest living radio actress.” The director William Friedkin said that The Exorcist would not work without the contribution of the woman who gave voice to the demon Pazuzu. But Mercedes McCambridge, award-winning actress of radio, stage, and screen, initially went uncredited for what should have been her most famous role. An actress who specialized in playing tough women and a ferocious advocate for those struggling with addiction to alcohol, she was known for her incredible voice — and she was not afraid to use it. This is the story of Mercedes McCambridge.

Science fiction, fantasy, and all associated genres have finally evolved from a niche interest into a mainstream staple. But the women who have been instrumental in creating and shaping the nerdverse have largely gone unrecognized. Until today. SYFY FANGRRLS' Forgotten Women of Genre tells the stories of the women who helped some of the most famous fantasy worlds become a reality.

New episodes of Forgotten Women of Genre will be released every weekday in March. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.