Jay Presson Allen

Screenwriter, Producer, Playwright
In the 1960s and 70s, this highly skilled scenarist (excelling in adaptations) turned out a number of superior scripts with strong, female protagonists, roles which often won awards for the actresses portraying them (e ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1922 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Year of the Gun 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Borrowers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Travels With My Aunt 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Marnie 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wives and Lovers 1962 (Movie)

("The First Wife") (Play as Source Material)
Producer (5)

Hothouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

It's My Turn 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)
Director (1)

Tru 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

In the 1960s and 70s, this highly skilled scenarist (excelling in adaptations) turned out a number of superior scripts with strong, female protagonists, roles which often won awards for the actresses portraying them (e. g., "Cabaret" 1972). A successful playwright ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," "40 Carats," "Tru"), Allen created and was executive producer on the highly respected television series "Family" (ABC, 1976-80) and since 1980 has also produced or served as executive producer on several interesting features (i.e., "Prince of the City" 1981; "Deathtrap" 1982).

Relationships

Lewis Allen

Husband
married March 12, 1955 second husband has produced stage shows like "Annie", "My One and Only", "The Big Love" and "Tru"

Brooke Allen

Daughter
collaborated with mother on play, "The Big Love" (1990)

Albert Presson

Father

May Presson

Mother

EDUCATION

Miss Hackaday's School

Dallas , Texas

Milestones

1992

Adapted stage play "Tru" for PBS' "American Playhouse"

1990

Wrote one-man show "Tru"; produced on Broadway starring Robert Morse

1990

Used pseudonym Sarah Schiff for screenwriting credit on remake of "Lord of the Flies"

1990

With daughter Brooke, wrote the one-person show "The Big Love"; produced on Broadway, starring Tracey Ullman

1988

Created and executive produced "Hothouse" (ABC)

1981

Co-wrote (with Lumet) screenplay for "Prince of the City"; earned second Oscar nomination

1980

First film as executive producer, "It's My Turn"

1980

Began first of three collaborations with Sidney Lumet, "Just Tell Me What You Want"; wrote screenplay adapted from her novel; also served as producer

1976

Was creator and executive producer of TV series, "Family" (ABC)

1973

Scripted the TV-movie, "The Borrowers" (NBC)

1972

First Oscar nomination for screen adaptation of "Cabaret"

1968

Wrote Broadway boulevard comedy "Forty Carats"

1968

Adapted her play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" for the screen

1966

First stage success, the London production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", adapted from Muriel Spark's novel (began adaptation in 1962)

1964

Screenwriting debut, "Marnie"

1948

Published first novel, "Spring Riot"

1944

Screen acting debut, "An Angel Comes to Brooklyn"

Wrote for "Philco Playhouse" (NBC) and "Playhouse 90" (CBS) in the 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Humanities Award (1976)

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