Donald Ogden Stewart

Highest Rated: 100% A Woman's Face (1941)
Birthday: Nov 30, 1894
Birthplace: Not Available
Had he so chosen, Ohio-born Donald Ogden Stewart could have lived the life of a wealthy socialite instead of playing such characters on stage. Educated at Yale, Stewart was well-off enough to indulge in his hobby of writing on a professional basis; he wrote several satirical novels that were a hit amongst the "smart set" of the '20s. Fellow Yale grad Philip Barry wrote the part of Nick Potter in the 1928 play Holiday with Stewart in mind, and with but a little persuasion convinced his friend to star in the play on Broadway. Stewart continued acting on stage in the company of long-time pals Elliott Nugent and Robert Montgomery, all of them adept at playing witty young sprouts in dinner jackets. He flirted with films from 1925 onward, when he was hired to adapt his own novel Brown of Harvard to the screen. Stewart made his talkie bow in a supporting role in the Marion Davies vehicle Not So Dumb (1929); after that, his contributions to the screen were primarily focused on writing, aside from a few bit parts in his own films. Most often, Stewart was called in to provide additional dialogue in order to punch up a too-serious script; in this capacity, Stewart contributed to Smilin' Through (1932) Dinner at Eight (1933), and The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). In 1940 he won an Academy Award for adapting his friend Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story to the screen. Stewart's screenwriting career flourished until the end of the '40s, at which time he was blacklisted for being a "premature anti-fascist" in the years before World War II. Forced to resettle professionally in London, Stewart's screenwriting assignments diminished, and he returned to penning books and articles; his bitterness over his treatment during the Hollywood witchhunt severly affected his ability to be funny in his latter-day works. After recovering from a near-fatal stroke, Donald Ogden Stewart gained a new appreciation of the good things in life, which he recorded in his 1974 autobiography A Stroke of Luck.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Escapade Screenwriter 1957
62% An Affair to Remember Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Edward, My Son Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Screenwriter 1947
91% Life With Father Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Without Love Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Screenwriter 1942
100% A Woman's Face Screenwriter 1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Smilin' Through Screenwriter 1941
78% Kitty Foyle Screenwriter 1940
100% The Philadelphia Story Screenwriter 1940
86% Love Affair Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Screenwriter 1938
100% Holiday Screenwriter 1938
100% The Prisoner of Zenda Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet No More Ladies Drunk Screenwriter 1935
78% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Screenwriter 1934
95% Dinner at Eight Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Smilin' Through Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Rebound Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Tarnished Lady Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Laughter Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Not So Dumb Van Dyck 1930
No Score Yet Brown of Harvard Screenwriter 1926
80% Going Hollywood Screenwriter 1923

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