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Also Known As: Charles Davies Lederer Died: March 5, 1976
Born: December 31, 1910 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, journalist, producer

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Former journalist who turned to screenwriting in the early 1930s and often worked in collaboration with Ben Hecht (e.g., "His Girl Friday" 1940, "Kiss of Death" 1947). Lederer's scripts were noted for their sharp wit, though his few directorial efforts proved somewhat lackluster. The son of theatre producer George W. Lederer and nephew of actress Marion Davies, Lederer married Orson Welles' former wife Virginia Nicholson in 1940, and actress Anne Shirley in 1949.

Former journalist who turned to screenwriting in the early 1930s and often worked in collaboration with Ben Hecht (e.g., "His Girl Friday" 1940, "Kiss of Death" 1947). Lederer's scripts were noted for their sharp wit, though his few directorial efforts proved somewhat lackluster. The son of theatre producer George W. Lederer and nephew of actress Marion Davies, Lederer married Orson Welles' former wife Virginia Nicholson in 1940, and actress Anne Shirley in 1949.

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DIRECTOR:

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  On the Loose (1951) Director
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  Fingers at the Window (1942) Director

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1931:
Began as a screenwriter collaborating on the dialogue for Lewis Milestone's "The Front Page"
1942:
Directed the first of three features films, "Fingers at the Window"
1953:
Produced and co-wrote (with Luther Davis) the hit Broadway musical, "Kismet"

Education

University of California, Berkeley,: Berkeley , California -

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wife:
Virginia Nicholson Welles. Married 1940-48; former wife of Orson Welles.
wife:
Anne Shirley. Actor. Married 1949.

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father:
George W Lederer. Producer. Directed Marion Davies's first film.
mother:
Reine Davies. Singer. Sister of Marion Davies.
aunt:
Marion Davies. Actor. Maternal aunt.

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