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<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Francis Wilkinson</p> <p>Junie Hoang is<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/business/media/junie-hoangs-imdb-lawsuit-and-internet-privacy.html?_r=1&amp;sq=IMDB%20&amp;st=cse&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;scp=1&amp;adxnnlx=1331042527-WxhIkJVk4bHJBNaOlmF/qw"> suing</a> the Internet Movie Database for damaging her career by printing accurate information about her. It's the sort of action that sounds frivolous by virtually any standard -- except perhaps that of Hollywood.</p> <p>Specifically, Hoang sued<a href="http://www.imdb.com/"> IMDb</a> for revealing her age, 40. About 45 percent of females in the U.S. are over the age of 40. But women over 40 accounted for only 8 percent of television characters in 2010-2011 and in part of the 2011-2012 TV seasons, according to a Backstage <a href="http://www.backstage.com/bso/news-and-features-features/women-and-minorities-struggle-to-find-accurate-1005341132.story">article</a> that cited internal data from AFTRA, the actors' union. At some point in their 30s, job opportunities for many actresses fall off a cliff.</p> <p>It's not uncommon for people to consider their age a private matter. For some women in Hollywood, it's a vital trade secret.</p> <p>(Francis Wilkinson is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board. <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/fdwilkinson">Follow</a> him on Twitter.)</p> <p> </p> </body> </html>