Frances Marion

Screenwriter, Director, Author
Wrote, co-wrote or adapted some 150 screenplays from 1915 to 1939, leaving a significant stamp on American movies of both the silent and sound eras. A former journalist (she was one of the first female war ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1888 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (23)

Dinner at Eight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

From Story

The Champ 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Clown 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

Camille 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dinner at Eight 1932 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Secrets 1932 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Prizefighter and the Lady 1932 (Movie)

(From Story)

Cynara 1931 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Champ 1930 (Movie)

(From Story)

Anna Christie 1929 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anna Christie 1929 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Anna Christie 1929 (Movie)

from screenplay(German and Swedish-language versions) (From Story)

The Big House 1929 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big House 1929 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Big House 1929 (Movie)

(From Story)

Love 1926 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scarlet Letter 1925 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Scarlet Letter 1925 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Son of the Sheik 1925 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Son of the Sheik 1925 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Love Light 1920 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Love Light 1920 (Movie)

(From Story)

Humoresque 1919 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Love Light 1920 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (1)

Love 1926 (Movie)

(Continuity)

Biography

Wrote, co-wrote or adapted some 150 screenplays from 1915 to 1939, leaving a significant stamp on American movies of both the silent and sound eras. A former journalist (she was one of the first female war correspondents), Marion entered films as an actress and made the transition to writer in 1915. She scripted vehicles for Mary Pickford and Marion Davies, among others, and was especially adept at literary adaptations; the scripts for "Stella Dallas" and "The Scarlet Letter" (both 1926) are superb examples of book-to-film restructuring. In the early 1920s Marion directed three films from her own scripts. Her third husband, from 1919 to his death in 1928, was actor Fred Thomson; her fourth, from 1930 until their divorce the following year, was director George Hill.

Relationships

Frederick Clifton Thomson Jr

Son
born on December 8, 1926 died in 1992

Len Douglas Owens Jr

Brother
born in May 1890

Fred Clifton Thomson III

Grandson
born in December 1948 survived her

Minnie Hall

Mother
married Marion's father in 1884 divorced in 1898

George Hill Director

Husband

Wesley Lappe

Husband
married on October 21, 1906 divorced in 1911

Len Owens

Father
married Marion's mother in 1884 divorced in 1898 remarried

Maude Owens

Sister
born in February 1886

Edgar Owens

Half-Brother
born in 1902

Francis Owens

Half-Brother
born in 1903

Robert Pike

Husband
married on November 14, 1911 he filed for divorce on August 21, 1917 on grounds of desertion divorce granted in November 1917

Isabel Preston

Step-Mother
married Marion's father in June 1901

Fred Thomson Actor

Husband
Married from November 2, 1919 until his death in December 1928; Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were witnesses at their marriage ceremony held at the Judson Memorial Church in NYC

Richard Thomson

Son
born in October 1927 adopted with Fred Thomson survived her

EDUCATION

Mark Hopkins Art Institute

San Francisco , California

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California

St Margaret's Hall

Burlingame , California

Hamilton Grammar School

San Francisco , California
expelled

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