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Lenore J. Coffee

Highest Rated:   100% Sudden Fear (1952)
Lowest Rated:   86% Young at Heart (1954)
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Following her graduation from Dominican College in San Rafael, California, San Francisco-born Lenore J. Coffee landed a job writing advertising copy for a Frisco department store. In 1919, Coffee entered the film industry as a script girl on the Clara Kimball Young vehicle The Eyes of Youth. She then became a title writer for Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille and others. During the silent era, Coffee solidified her reputation as a "fixer upper," tackling creative problems that had arisen on the scripts of other writers; as such, her contributions frequently went uncredited. Making an easy transition to talkies, she worked for MGM until 1937, until an acrimonious salary dispute ended her association with that studio. She moved on to Warner Bros., almost immediately earning an Oscar nomination for her work on Four Daughters (1938). The Warners thought so highly of Coffee that they permitted her to work at home--a rare privilege, inasmuch as most Warners scriveners were not only required to put in regular hours at the studio, but also punch a time clock! At the height of her powers in the 1940s, Coffee wrote or co-wrote some of Warners' best films, including several Bette Davis vehicles. Outside of her movie activities, Coffee collaborated with her husband William J. Cowan on the controversial stage play Family Portrait, a demystified, down-to-earth look at the family of Jesus Christ. She also wrote a novel, Weep No More, later filmed as Another Time, Another Place (1958). After wrapping up her final Hollywood project, 1959's Cash McCall, Coffee and her husband relocated to his native England. After Cowan's death, however, Coffee suffered a series of financial reverses and was obliged to move back to California, where she spent her declining years at the Motion Picture Country Home. In 1973, she penned her memoirs, Storyline: Reflections of a Hollywood Screenwriter. Lenore J. Coffee was the mother of Sabina Thorne, a fine novelist in her own right.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cash McCall
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Fog
  • Screenwriter
1955
86% Young at Heart
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet The End of the Affair
  • Screenwriter
1954
100% Sudden Fear
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Beyond the Forest
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Forever
  • Screenwriter
1946
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair
  • Screenwriter
1944
No Score Yet Old Acquaintance
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters
  • Screenwriter
1942
No Score Yet The Great Lie
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh
  • Screenwriter
1940
No Score Yet My Son, My Son
  • Screenwriter
1940
100% Four Daughters
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet White Banners
  • Screenwriter
1938
No Score Yet Suzy
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Four Frightened People
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer)
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Possessed
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet The Squaw Man (The White Man)
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Mother's Cry
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Street of Chance
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet The Bishop Murder Case
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Desert Nights
  • Screenwriter
1929
No Score Yet Chicago
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet The Volga Boatman
  • Screenwriter
1926

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