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Jessamyn West (1902–1984)


Second cousin of President Richard M. Nixon. The character of Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956) (played by Gary Cooper ) was based on their great grandfather. See more trivia »

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The Big Country
Friendly Persuasion
Summer Flight
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Friendly Persuasion


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 1975 Friendly Persuasion (TV Movie) (books "Friendly Persuasion", "Except for Me" and "Thee")
 1963 Summer Flight (writer)
  General Electric Theater (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (writer - 1 episode, 1956)
- Learn to Say Goodbye (1960) ... (story)
- The Breach (1956) ... (writer)
 1958 The Big Country (adaptation)
 1956 Friendly Persuasion (book) / (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- The Pacing Goose (1951) ... (novel)
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 1956 Friendly Persuasion (technical advisor)

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Novel: "Friendly Persuasion" (filmed as Friendly Persuasion (1956), Friendly Persuasion (1975))

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On truth: We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. See more »


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 864-865. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

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