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Jay Presson Allen



Screenwriter and playwright Jay Presson Allen was something of a late-bloomer, but quickly established one of the most successful and enduring writing careers in the movie business. Serving her creative apprenticeship in live television, Jay Presson Allen penned her first film script, Wives and Lovers, in 1963, though most chroniclers prefer to list her multifaceted screenplay for Hitchcock's Marnie (1964) as her inaugural movie effort. She scored her biggest success in 1966, when she adapted Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for the stage; three years later, her screenplay adaptation of the same property won her an Academy Award nomination. Her subsequent Broadway efforts have included 40 Carats and Tru, while her screen credits have embraced such projects as Cabaret (1972), Funny Lady (1975) and Just Tell Me What You Want (1980, from her own novel). Allen returned to television in the late seventies as creator of the critically-acclaimed series Family (1976-80), starring Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Gary Frank, and Kristy McNichol. She served as executive producer for It's My Turn (1980), Prince of the City (1981), Deathtrap (1982) and The Morning After (the last three of which were all partnerships with longtime collaborator Sidney Lumet) and remained incredibly active into the nineties, when she turned out no less than four produced screenplays: The Prince of Tides, Year of the Gun, Lord of the Flies, and The Cemetery Club (though, in the case of Lord of the Flies, she vehemently disliked the finished product and insisted that her name be removed from the credits). Allen spent her last thirteen years in semi-retirement, and died of a stroke on May 1, 2006, in Manhattan. She was eighty-four.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Hiding
  • Producer
2008
40% Travels With My Aunt
  • Screenwriter
1999
96% The Celluloid Closet
  • Interviewee
1996
67% The Cemetery Club
  • Screenwriter
1993
73% The Prince of Tides
  • Screenwriter
1991
29% Year of the Gun
  • Screenwriter
1991
63% Lord of the Flies
  • Screenwriter
1989
71% The Morning After
  • Screenwriter
1986
75% Deathtrap
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1982
95% Prince of the City
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1981
No Score Yet It's My Turn
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1980
No Score Yet Just Tell Me What You Want
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1980
38% Funny Lady
  • Screenwriter
1975
No Score Yet 40 Carats
  • Screenwriter
1973
No Score Yet The Borrowers
  • Screenwriter
1973
97% Cabaret
  • Screenwriter
1972
88% The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Screenwriter
1969
82% Marnie
  • Screenwriter
1964

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