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Overview (4)

Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameDudley Alfred Nichols
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse (1)

Esther "Esta" Varez (5 November 1928 - 4 January 1960) (his death)

Trivia (7)

(1937-1938) President of the Screen Writers Guild.
First artist to refuse the Oscar when he won Best Screenplay for The Informer (1935).
Refused to accept the Oscar for his writing for The Informer (1935) because of the antagonism between several industry guilds and the academy over union matters.
Before becoming a screenwriter, he was a star reporter and feature writer for the New York Post.
Directed 2 actors to Oscar nominations: Rosalind Russell (Best Actress, Sister Kenny (1946); Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)) and Michael Redgrave (Best Actor, Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)).
Worked on thirteen scripts for the director John Ford. Under contract at Fox (1929-35) and RKO (1935-38 and 1943-47).
One of his films as writer/director, Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), became the worst financial debacle for RKO up to that time, losing the studio a record $2.3 million.

Personal Quotes (2)

It is the writer who is the dreamer, the imaginer, the shaper. He works in loneliness with nebulous materials, with nothing more tangible than paper and a pot of ink; and his theatre is within his mind. He must generate phantoms out of himself and live with them until they take on a life of their own and become, not types, but characters working out their own destinies.
The great actors of the stage are actors; of the screen, re-actors.

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