Did You Know That Most Hollywood Screenwriters Used To Be Women?

In the 1920’s and early 1930’s, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood — and they were the highest paid, too. Here are a few of the most famous lady scribes.

1. Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter of either gender in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

In 1930, she was the first woman to win an academy award, and over 130 of her scripts were made into films.

2. She was also super cute besties with silent film legend Mary Pickford!

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Marion and Pickford teamed up on many films together, sort of like a more functional Liz Lemon and Jenna Maroney.

3. Anita Loos wrote a little movie you may have heard of called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

4. That would go on to be re-made with Marilyn Monroe.

5. Even during the Great Depression, Anita made $2,500 a week. That’s about $34,000 a week in today’s money.

William Faulkner, Aldous Huxley, and Edith Wharton all wrote her fan letters!

6. Elinor Glyn wrote It, which introduced the concept of the “It Girl.”

7. It made Clara Bow a star.

8. Jeanie MacPherson was known as Cecil B. Demille’s screenwriter.

She collaborated exclusively with him for 15 years.

9. In addition to being a screenwriter, Lois Weber was also a prolific director.

She was the first woman director to establish and run her own movie studio, and eventually was hired by Louis B. Mayer for $3,500 a week to direct films.

10. Two-time Academy Award nominee Lenore Coffee was a highly sought-after script doctor, specializing in making movies funny.

11. And when Dorothy Parker and her actor husband Alan Campell moved to Hollywood together, and signed their first contracts with Paramount, she was making four times as much as him.

$1000 a week, y’all!

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