Frances Marion

Frances Marion

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Wind (1928)
  • Lowest Rated: 75% The Son of the Sheik (1926)
  • Birthday: Nov 18, 1888
  • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
  • American screenwriter Frances Marion was never certain of her birthdate, but thought that it was 1888 because she was told by her grandmother that the year was full of lucky eights. Thus she went through most of her life assuming herself one year younger than she was. One thing Marion did know for certain: she was the descendant of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, better known as the Swamp Fox -- hence her own name. In her early years, Marion dabbled in illustrating, acting and modelling before securing a reporter job at the San Francisco Examiner. Thanks to an acute manpower shortage and her own powers of persuasion, Marion was among the few female correspondents sent to the Front in World War One. Back in California, she began writing scenarios for movies, which brought her to the attention of producer Louis B. Mayer. Once Mayer helped organize MGM, Marion became the studio's top screenwriter, responsible for such Oscar-winning fare as The Big House (1930) and The Champ, and also the creative force behind many a Marion Davies vehicle. Because she was a favorite of Davies, there were rumors that Marion kept her job at MGM only through the aegis of Marion's "protector" William Randolph Hearst; some historians insist to this day (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary) that Marion was virtually illiterate and that her greatest scripts were ghosted by others. Married four times, Marion's third husband was cowboy star Fred Thomson, whose westerns were so unusually well written that it was hinted that Frances was penning them under a pseudonym (Thomson's sudden death in 1928 was a devastating loss for Marion, one that required several years' emotional recovery). Leaving MGM to free-lance in the late '30s, Marion worked on such projects as Universal's Green Hell (1940) and 20th Century-Fox's Molly and Me (1943). The last films to carry Marion's name on the credits were The Clown (1953) and The Champ (1979), both remakes of the 1931 version of The Champ. Long retired, Frances Marion wrote her autobiography Off with Their Heads in 1972, the year before her death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Green Hell Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Love from a Stranger Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Riffraff Screenwriter 1936
92% Camille Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady Screenwriter 1933
95% Dinner at Eight Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Secrets Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Cynara Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Emma Screenwriter 1932
86% The Champ Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Six Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Min and Bill Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay Screenwriter 1930
86% The Big House Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet The Rogue Song Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Anna Christie Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Good News Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Their Own Desire Screenwriter 1929
100% The Wind Screenwriter 1928
No Score Yet The Cossacks Screenwriter 1928
No Score Yet The Red Mill Screenwriter 1927
No Score Yet Love (Anna Karenina) Screenwriter 1927
No Score Yet The Winning of Barbara Worth Screenwriter 1926
75% The Son of the Sheik Screenwriter 1926
No Score Yet The Scarlet Letter Screenwriter 1926
No Score Yet Stella Dallas Screenwriter 1925
No Score Yet Lazybones Screenwriter 1925
No Score Yet Through the Dark Screenwriter 1924
No Score Yet Abraham Lincoln Screenwriter 1924
No Score Yet East Is West Screenwriter 1922
No Score Yet Primitive Lover Screenwriter 1922
No Score Yet Little Lord Fauntleroy Her Son, the Pretender 1921
No Score Yet The Love Light Screenwriter Director 1921
No Score Yet Humoresque Screenwriter 1920
No Score Yet Pollyanna Screenwriter 1920
No Score Yet The Hoodlum (The Ragamuffin) Screenwriter 1919
No Score Yet Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley Screenwriter 1918
No Score Yet Stella Maris Screenwriter 1918
No Score Yet The Little Princess Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet The Poor Little Rich Girl Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet A Girl's Folly Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet Tillie Wakes Up Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet The Pride of the Clan Screenwriter 1917
No Score Yet The Heart of a Hero Screenwriter 1916

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