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Also Known As: Marion Benson Owens Died: May 12, 1973
Born: November 18, 1888 Cause of Death: aneurysm
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, author, journalist, model, actor, illustrator

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Wrote, co-wrote or adapted some 150 screenplays from 1915 to 1939, leaving a significant stamp on American movies of both the silent and sound eras. A former journalist (she was one of the first female war correspondents), Marion entered films as an actress and made the transition to writer in 1915. She scripted vehicles for Mary Pickford and Marion Davies, among others, and was especially adept at literary adaptations; the scripts for "Stella Dallas" and "The Scarlet Letter" (both 1926) are superb examples of book-to-film restructuring. In the early 1920s Marion directed three films from her own scripts. Her third husband, from 1919 to his death in 1928, was actor Fred Thomson; her fourth, from 1930 until their divorce the following year, was director George Hill.

Wrote, co-wrote or adapted some 150 screenplays from 1915 to 1939, leaving a significant stamp on American movies of both the silent and sound eras. A former journalist (she was one of the first female war correspondents), Marion entered films as an actress and made the transition to writer in 1915. She scripted vehicles for Mary Pickford and Marion Davies, among others, and was especially adept at literary adaptations; the scripts for "Stella Dallas" and "The Scarlet Letter" (both 1926) are superb examples of book-to-film restructuring. In the early 1920s Marion directed three films from her own scripts. Her third husband, from 1919 to his death in 1928, was actor Fred Thomson; her fourth, from 1930 until their divorce the following year, was director George Hill.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Song of Love (1923) Director
2.
  Just Around the Corner (1921) Director
3.
  The Love Light (1921) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) Her son, the pretender
2.
 A Girl of Yesterday (1915) Rosanna Danford
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
Hamilton Grammar School: San Francisco , California -
St Margaret's Hall: Burlingame , California -
Mark Hopkins Art Institute: San Francisco , California -

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husband:
Wesley de Lappe. Artist, journalist. Married on October 21, 1906; divorced in 1911.
husband:
Robert Dickson Pike. Businessman. Married on November 14, 1911; he filed for divorce on August 21, 1917 on grounds of desertion; divorce granted in November 1917.
husband:
Fred Thomson. Actor. Third husband: married from November 2, 1919 until his death in December 1928; Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were witnesses at their marriage ceremony held at the Judson Memorial Church in NYC.
husband:
George Hill. Director. Fourth husband, married 1930-31.
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father:
Len Douglas Owens. Businessman. Married Marion's mother in 1884; divorced in 1898; remarried.
mother:
Minnie Benson Hall. Married Marion's father in 1884; divorced in 1898.
step-mother:
Isabel Preston. Married Marion's father in June 1901.
sister:
Maude Owens. Born in February 1886.
brother:
Len Douglas Owens Jr. Born in May 1890.
half-brother:
Edgar Owens. Born in 1902.
half-brother:
Francis Owens. Born in 1903.
son:
Frederick Clifton Thomson Jr. Professor of English Literature. Born on December 8, 1926; died in 1992.
son:
Richard Gordon Thomson. Born in October 1927; adopted with Fred Thomson; survived her.
grandson:
Fred Clifton Thomson III. Born in December 1948; survived her.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"How to Write and Sell Film Scripts" Garland Publishing
"Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood" Scribner

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