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Gladys Atwater

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Gladys Atwater
Gladys Elizabeth Valerga

August 12, 1899
DiedMarch 25, 1988 (aged 88)
Spouse(s)Curtis Atwater (div.)
J. Robert Bren

Gladys Atwater (born Gladys Valerga, 1899 – 1988) was an American screenwriter active from the 1930s through the 1950s. She was sometimes credited as G.V. Atwater.


Gladys was one of five daughters born to Thomas Valerga and Hannah Surphlis in Oakland, California. Valerga attended Oakland High School, and graduated from the school in June 1917.[1] In Oakland, she married Curtiss Atwater in 1922.[2]

By 1940, Gladys had obtained a divorce and moved to Beverly Hills, where she began working for film studios. Her first known contribution while under contract at RKO[3] was to the 1937 screenplay for Criminal Lawyer, which she co-wrote with Tom Lennon.[4]

Through the 1960s, she continued working, often collaborating with writer-producer (and second husband) J. Robert Bren.[5][6] Together, they had a company called Bremex and worked on more than 60 scripts and stories together.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "1917 OHS Memorial". Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  2. ^ "Activities of Women". The Oakland Tribune. July 20, 1922. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Two Assigned". The Harrisburg Telegraph. April 2, 1937. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Schallert, Edwin (September 26, 1936). "Criminal Lawyer Assignment Heightens Lee Tracy Career". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Victoria". The Shamokin News-Dispatch. February 19, 1946. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Pancho Villa's Life Slated for Filming". The El Paso Times. December 5, 1954. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Schueur, Philip K. (August 17, 1964). "Other Properties". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
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