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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.