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Sonya Levien



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
14% 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
96% Oklahoma!
  • Screenwriter
1955
60% 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
80% State Fair
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision
  • Screenwriter
1945
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Screenwriter
1941
80% 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
67% In Old Chicago
  • Screenwriter
1937
60% 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 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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