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Sonya Levien

  • Highest Rated: 100% Bhowani Junction (1956)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% State Fair (1962)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A U.S. citizen from childhood, Russian-born Sonya Levien had been a lawyer, magazine editor and fiction writer before concentrating on screenwriting in the early 1920s (one of her short stories had previously been cinematized as Who Will Marry Me). Most often employed by Fox Studios in the first decade of the talkies, Levien wrote or co-wrote the scripts of several Will Rogers vehicles; her script for Rogers' 1933 State Fair not only earned her an Oscar nomination, but served as the model for the 1945 and 1962 remakes. Also at Fox, she worked extensively on the Janet Gaynor starrers, and in addition worked on the 1930 adaptation of Molnar's Liliom (intended as a Charlie Farrell-Janet Gaynor picture, but ultimately starring Farrell and Rose Hobart) and John Ford's first Technicolor offering, 1939's Drums Along the Mohawk. Her efforts at other studios included RKO's Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Warner Bros.' Gershwin biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945). From 1941, Levien could usually be found at MGM; in 1955, she won her first Academy Award for the studio's Interrupted Melody. Sonya Levien's final screen credit was Pepe (1960).

Highest Rated Movies

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13% State Fair Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Jeanne Eagels Screenwriter 1957
100% Bhowani Junction Screenwriter 1956
67% Hit the Deck Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Interrupted Melody Screenwriter 1955
92% Oklahoma! Screenwriter 1955
67% The Student Prince Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet The Great Caruso Screenwriter 1951
88% Quo Vadis? Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Three Daring Daughters Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet The Green Years Screenwriter 1946
83% State Fair Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Screenwriter 1941
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Screenwriter 1939
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Lady Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer Screenwriter 1938
73% In Old Chicago Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet The Country Doctor Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Reunion Screenwriter 1936
50% The White Parade Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Berkeley Square Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet State Fair Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet The Warrior's Husband Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Mr. Skitch Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet After Tomorrow Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Surrender Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Delicious Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Liliom Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Song O' My Heart Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet So This Is London Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet They Had to See Paris Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Lucky Star Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Behind That Curtain Screenwriter 1929

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