By Paul J. Bradley

One of the most successful and acclaimed screenwriters before and during Hollywood’s Golden Age was Frances Marion, who is cited frequently as one of the most important screenwriters in the development of the motion picture. Many today forget that talented female screenwriters such as Frances Marion, Anita Loos, and June Mathis wrote more than half of all the scripts during the silent era. Frances Marion became increasingly powerful and innovative in this male-dominated industry, but her remarkable legacy is now often overlooked.


Born Marion Benson Owens in San Francisco in 1888, Frances went to art school whilst still in her teens. After graduating, Frances held several jobs in California such as being a photographer’s assistant, a commercial artist, a reporter, and an advertising artist.

Frances became involved with the film industry in 1914 when she worked at Lois Weber Productions, where she became a writing assistant and an actor. Frances took up journalism again at the outbreak of the First World War when she became an overseas reporter.
Success in the Film Industry

After returning to the United States, Frances continued her success and is credited with writing more than 300 scripts…

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