Marion, Frances

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Frances Marion
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Marion, Frances Gender: F
Owens, Frances Marion
born on 18 November 1888 at 07:55 (= 07:55 AM )
Place San Francisco CA, USA, 37n46, 122w25
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°47' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°05 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 08°15'


American writer of the first westerns and silent films while later authoring sophisticated comedies such as "Dinner at Eight." In all, she wrote 325 screenplays including "Stella Dallas" and "Anna Christie," which brought her an Oscar in 1930. "Valley People" and "Westward the Dream" were some of her more notable books; both considered heavy and tragic.

Marion also did some directing, surmounting censorship, combating bias against women and resisting the studio code of giving every film a happy ending. In her later years, she lectured on the topic of writing at the University of Southern California. She and her husband, Fred Thompson, became overnight millionaires with their success, but lost a substantial sum of money in some 1929 investments.

She was married four times and raised two sons. She also had a series of lovers and maintained long friendships with actresses such as Mary Pickford and Marion Davies.

In 1964, Marion lost her sight. She died 5/12/1973, Los Angeles, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Financial : Lose significant money 1929 (Investment losses)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1964 (Vision began to fail)
  • Work : Prize 1930 (Oscar for best screenplay)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 12 May 1973 (Age 84)
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  • Work : Prize 1930 (Oscar award)

Source Notes

Church of Light "from her in 1987"


  • Vocation : Miscellaneous : Crafts (Textile artist, specilizing in quilts)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenplays)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Sight failed)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Financial crisis (Investments soured)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (1930)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Lectured at Univ. So. Calif.)