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Rita Weiman

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Rita Weiman
BornFebruary 23, 1885
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
DiedJune 23, 1954 (aged 69)
Hollywood, California, USA
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, author, journalist

Rita Weiman (1885–1954) was a playwright, journalist, author, and screenwriter.[1]

Biography

Beginnings

Rita was born in Philadelphia in 1885 and was of Quaker stock.[2] She later recounted that she felt lucky her parents supported her ambitions to become a writer.[3] She attended the Friends' Central School before moving to New York to pursue journalism but soon fell into playwriting.[4]

Writing career

She later worked at The New York Herald with Alice Leal Pollack, who she'd soon write a well-regarded play, The Co-respondent, with.[5] The next year, it was turned into a film by Ralph Ince for Universal. A number of her stories and stage plays were turned into screenplays, including 1920's Curtain, which first ran in The Saturday Evening Post.[6]

She met director William C. deMille in the early 1920s, and he asked her to write a love story between an older man and a younger woman. She quickly obliged, wrote the story, sold it to a magazine, and then helped turn it into the script for deMille's 1921 film After the Show. With The Grim Comedian, she spent time in California and worked closely with Samuel Goldwyn and director Frank Lloyd to oversee translating her work from script to screen.[7]

She'd continue straddling the film and stage worlds through the 1930s, and afterward would continue writing magazine articles, short stories, and plays until her death in 1954.

Personal life

In 1924, weeks after writing a lengthy article about why she remained single, she married advertising man Maurice Marks,[8] who she met years earlier when she first moved to New York.[9][10]

Selected filmography

Selected theatrical works

  • The Acquittal
  • The Co-respondent
  • Look Upon the Prisoner
  • The Smart Step
  • The Watch Dog

References

  1. ^ "10 Jul 1921, Page 3 - San Francisco Chronicle at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  2. ^ "8 Feb 1920, 36 - New-York Tribune at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  3. ^ "3 Feb 1916, Page 10 - The Washington Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  4. ^ "22 Feb 1920, 2 - Wisconsin State Journal at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  5. ^ "10 Dec 1917, Page 6 - Reading Times at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  6. ^ "20 Jun 1920, Page 14 - The Orlando Sentinel at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  7. ^ "10 Jul 1921, Page 3 - San Francisco Chronicle at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  8. ^ "27 Nov 1924, 1 - Chicago Tribune at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  9. ^ "1 Feb 1925, Page 19 - The Independent-Record at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  10. ^ "13 Apr 1926, Page 12 - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, The Evening News at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
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