Joan Eldridge Graves is the head of the Classification and Rating Administration for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and was appointed to that position by Jack Valenti. She used to work as a real estate agent until someone at a party she was attending recommended her as a person with good judgment. She has been a member of that group since 1988 and was made its chair in 2000. She was featured in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated, although she would not allow her image to be used.
She personally hires all the other members of the Classification and Rating Administration and is the only one whose identity is disclosed to the public. She has defended the Administration's rating system against critics who accuse it of being too lenient toward violence, saying that when the MPAA surveys parents, "What we find with the violence category is that they think they're getting correct information from us."
- Richard Verrier (8 April 2010). "The MPAA's Joan Graves watches out for the movie watchers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- Sonja Bolle (August 2008). "Discretion Adviser". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- Bryson, Carey. "Joan Graves Interview on the MPAA Movie Rating Process". About.com. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Sneed, Tierney (7 January 2014). "Don’t Expect Any Major Changes to the MPAA Ratings System in 2014". US News. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Joan Graves at the Internet Movie Database
- Profile in Stanford University alumni magazine, July/August 2008
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