Frances Marion

Frances Marion (18 November 1888 12 may 1973) was a journalist, novelist and screenwriter of American nationality, often cited as one of the most renowned women writers of the Twentieth century, alongside June Mathis and Anita Loos.


His real name was Marion Benson Owens, and was born in San Francisco, California. Worked as a journalist, and was a war correspondent during the First world war. After returning home, she moved to Los Angeles and was hired as Assistant writer by “Lois Weber Productions”, a producer owned by film director pioneer Lois Weber.

With the name “Frances Marion” wrote many scripts for actress Mary Pickford, including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and The Poor Little Rich Girl. He also wrote scripts for other films successful decades of 1920s and 1930s. In addition, was the first woman to win an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, which won in 1930 for the film The Big House, and achieving an Academy Award for the best argument for The Champ in 1932. In total participated in more than 300 indents and over 130 films. Also directed and acted on an occasional basis in some of the first films of Mary Pickford.

Personal life

Marion was married four times, the first two with Wesley Lappe and Robert Pike, everything from changing its name. In 1919 he married Fred Thomson, actor who had worked alongside Mary Pickford in The Love Light in 1921. After the unexpected death of Thomson in 1928, he married director George w. Hill in 1930, although the marriage ended in divorce in 1933. He had two sons – Fred C., and Richard (adopted). Fred became editor of the works of George Eliot, published editions of the Felix Holt, the Radical work in 1980 and later.

For many years, Marion was under contract with MGM Studios, but in spite of its good location, left Hollywood in 1946 to devote more time to write novels and theatre. Furthermore, in 1972 he published a book of memoirs, Off With Their Heads: A serious Comic Tale of Hollywood.

Frances Marion died in 1973 in Los Angeles, California, as a result of an aneurysm rupture.[ 2 ]

[Edit] Selected filmography

Year       Title       Comments

1912       The New York Hat            Writer helper

1915       Camille                 Argument

1917       The Little Princess            Screenwriter

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm     Screenwriter

The Poor Little Rich Girl                 Screenwriter

1918       Stella Maris         Filmed theatrical play

How Could You do Jean?              Argument

M’Liss    Screenwriter

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley     Screenwriter

1919       The Cinema Murder       Argument

Anne of Green Gables   Screenwriter

1920       Pollyanna            Adaptation

The Flapper        Script and argument

The Restless Sex              Screenwriter

1921       The Love Light   Director, argument (uncredited)

1922       The Toll of the sea           Argument (uncredited), screenplay

1923       The Famous Mrs. Fair     Adaptation, screenplay

1924       Secrets                 Adaptation

1925       Stella Dallas        Adaptation

A Thief in Paradise           Adaptation

Thank You           Screenwriter

Lightnin’               Screenwriter

1926       The Scarlet Letter            Adaptation, argument, titles

The Winning of Barbara Worth   Adaptation

Are of the Sheik               Adaptation

1927       The Red Mill       Adaptation, screenplay


Madame de Pompadour              Screenwriter

1928       The Wind             Argument

The Awakening                 Screenplay

Bringing Up Father          Screenwriter

1929       Their Own Desire             Screenplay

1930       Min and Bill         Dialogues, argument

The Big House   Dialogues, screenplay

Oscar for best adapted screenplay

Good News        Argument

The Rogue Song               Screenwriter

Anna Christie     Screenwriter

1931       Anna Christie     Adaptation

The Secret Six    Dialogues, screenplay

The Champ         Screenplay

Oscar the best argument

1932       Blondie of the Follies      Screenplay

Emma   Argument

1933       Peg or ‘ My Heart             Adaptation

Dinner at eight Screenplay

The Prizefighter and the Lady     Screenplay

Nominated for an Academy Award for best argument

Going Hollywood             Indent (uncredited)

Secrets                 Screenwriter

1936       Camille                 Screenplay

Riffraff Argument and screenplay

Poor Little Rich Girl          Screenwriter

1937       Knight Without Armour                 Adaptation

1940       Green Hell          Original story and screenplay

Published works

* Minnie Flynn. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1925

* The Secret Six. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1931 [novel from his own script]

* Valley People. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1935

* How to Write and Sell Film Stories. New York: Covici-Friede, 1937

* Molly, Bless Her. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937

* Westward The Dream. Garden City NY: Doubleday and Company, 1948

* The Passions of Linda Lane. New York: Diversey Publications, 1949

* The Powder Keg. Boston: Little, Brown & co., 1953

* Off With Their Heads!: A serious Comic Tale of Hollywood. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1972 [reports]