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Jay Presson Allen (1922–2006)

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cabaret Writer
Marnie Writer
Lord of the Flies


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 1992 American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Tru (1992) ... (play)
 1990 Lord of the Flies (screenplay - as Sara Schiff)
  Hothouse (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1988) (creator - 2 episodes, 1988)
- 'Love and Taxes' (1988) ... (creator)
- His Mother (1988) ... (creator)
- Nancy: Part 2 (1988) ... (writer)
- Nancy: Part 1 (1988) ... (writer)
- The Actress (1988) ... (writer)
 1982 The Verdict (uncredited)
 1982 Deathtrap (screenplay)
 1981 Prince of the City (screenplay)
  Family (TV Series) (creator - 85 episodes, 1976 - 1980) (created and written by - 1 episode, 1976)
- Letting Go (1980) ... (creator)
- Smarts (1980) ... (creator)
- Just Like Old Times (1980) ... (creator)
- The Ties That Bind (1980) ... (creator)
- Such a Fine Line (1980) ... (creator)
 1980 Just Tell Me What You Want (novel) / (screenplay)
 1978 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Newcastle (1978) ... (writer)
 1976 A Star Is Born (uncredited)
 1975 Funny Lady (screenplay)
 1973 The Borrowers (TV Movie) (written by)
 1973 40 Carats (stage play adaptation - as Jay Allen)
 1972 Travels with My Aunt (screenplay)
 1972 Cabaret (screenplay - as Jay Allen)
 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (based on the play by) / (screenplay)
 1964 Marnie (screenplay)
 1963 Wives and Lovers (play "The First Wife")
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Dark Search (1955) ... (as Jay Presson)
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Do It Yourself (1955) ... (writer - as Jay Presson)
 1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Beg, Borrow or Steal (1954) ... (teleplay)
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Brink of Disaster (1954) ... (writer)
 1953 Danger (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Surface Tension (1953) ... (as Jay Presson)
- Inside Straight (1953) ... (as Jay Presson)
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(October 8 to November 20, 1982) She adapted Pierre Barillet and Jean Pierre Gredy's play, "A Little Family Business," in the American premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Angela Lansbury and John McMartin in the cast. Martin Charnin was production supervisor. Vivian Matalon was director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jay Allen | Jay Presson | Sara Schiff

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Personal Quote:

I get up, and I write and I write, until I have to go to sleep; then I get up, eat something, then go back to work. I do a script very fast, because I don't stop. All day. All night, until I'm too sleepy.


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