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Anita Loos

Highest Rated: 100% San Francisco (1936)

Lowest Rated: 29% The Struggle (1931)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

American writer Anita Loos' father was a California newspaper publisher who, after enduring a spell of unemployment, became a theatre manager. Anita's first taste of show business was as a child actress (playing Little Lord Fauntleroy) in her father's playhouse. She continued acting into her teens, then turned to writing, churning out hundreds of 3-page plot synopses and at least one vaudeville sketch. She made her first movie sale at the Lubin Company in 1912; the first Anita Loos script to be produced, however, was Biograph's The New York Hat (1912), directed by D. W. Griffith. Because she looked about fifteen, and because for many years she misrepresented her date of birth, a myth grew up around Anita, alleging that she was writing Griffith scripts from the age of 12; vestiges of the Anita Loos legend were utilized for Peter Bogdanovich's 1975 film Nickelodeon, in which Tatum O'Neal played a pre-teen silent movie scriptwriter. Anita remained with Griffith until 1916, when she wrote some of the subtitles for his epic Intolerance; then she moved to the Douglas Fairbanks unit at Triangle, where she and her future husband John Emerson collaborated on several witty Fairbanks scenarios. By 1925, Anita felt written out and planned to retire, but a chance meeting with "dumb like a fox" blonde actress Mae Clarke prompted Anita to write her best-remembered novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The book served as inspiration for a 1928 silent picture starring Ruth Taylor (the mother of Buck Henry), a 1949 Broadway musical starring Carol Channing, and a 1952 filmization of that musical starring Marilyn Monroe. Never a brilliant story constructionist, Anita was at her best contributing comic dialogue, which kept her busy at MGM throughout the '30s. In 1946 she returned to the theatre, this time as a playwright. Her most successful theatrical projects were the English translations of the Collette plays Gigi (1950) and Cheri (1957) (Anita had spoken fluent French since childhood). Anita Loos devoted her final years to writing several volumes of hilarious but highly unreliable memoirs; her last published work was a biography, The Talmadge Girls.

Highest Rated Movies



73% The Pirate Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay Screenwriter 1941
33% Blossoms in the Dust Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet Director Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Susan and God Screenwriter 1940
92% The Women Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Saratoga Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Wild and Woolly Screenwriter 1937
100% San Francisco Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Riffraff Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet The Girl From Missouri (100 Per Cent Pure) (Born to Be Kissed) Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet The Barbarian Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Hold Your Man Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Red Headed Woman Screenwriter 1932
29% The Struggle Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Love Expert Screenwriter 1920
No Score Yet Reaching for the Moon Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet Down to Earth Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet The Americano Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet His Picture in the Papers Screenwriter 1916
No Score Yet The Half-Breed Screenwriter 1916
No Score Yet An American Aristocracy Screenwriter 1916
No Score Yet The Matrimaniac Screenwriter 1916
No Score Yet The Musketeers of Pig Alley Screenwriter 1912


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