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Also Known As: Died: August 10, 1955
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Birth Place: Quincy, Michigan, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, director, producer

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Successful playwright, some of whose stage writing was adapted to the screen (e.g., "Smilin' Through" in 1922, 1932 and 1941). Murfin worked consistently in Hollywood from the late teens. She scripted a number of "women's pictures" for John Cromwell at RKO in the early 1930s--the stand-out being "Spitfire" (1934)--and collaborated more prestigiously on several George Cukor films, most notably "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "The Women" (1939). Married to actor-director Donald Crisp from 1932 to 1944.

Successful playwright, some of whose stage writing was adapted to the screen (e.g., "Smilin' Through" in 1922, 1932 and 1941). Murfin worked consistently in Hollywood from the late teens. She scripted a number of "women's pictures" for John Cromwell at RKO in the early 1930s--the stand-out being "Spitfire" (1934)--and collaborated more prestigiously on several George Cukor films, most notably "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "The Women" (1939). Married to actor-director Donald Crisp from 1932 to 1944.

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  Flapper Wives (1924) Director

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Donald Crisp. Actor, director. Married in 1932; divorced in 1944.

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Jane B. Murfin was born 10-27-1884 in Quincy, MI. She was the daughter of James & Henrietta S.(Livingston)Macklem. She attended the public schools of Coldwater, Michigan & the State Normal School. Having prepared herself for the stage her first appearance was with David Warfield in the "Music Master" & another of the cast was Jane Cowl. The two formed a friendship while appearing together that continued through their life.

On April 24, 1907 in Detroit, Wayne Co. Michigan Record No.55035 she married James Orin Murfin. He served as State Senator 1901-03 & Judge Of Wayne Co. 1908-12. James was also a member of the MI. & Detroit Bar Association & served many years as a Regent of the University of Michigan. Jane shared an interest in 1910 with a few other women to help form the Theatre Arts Society of Detroit, MI. (women interested in drama as an art). In 1912 in a theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. she helped with the work of fitting a play for stage "Satan Sanderson".

By 1920 Jane was divorced & had moved to California to make pictures independently. Jane & Laurence Trimble were the owners of the famous canine hero "Strongheart". Laurence was the director of the Strongheart pictures. Strongheart also appeared in Flapper Wives, which Jane produced & directed. On 8-15-1932 in Ventura Co. CA. Jane married actor Donald Crisp. They were divorced in 1944.

She was a member of the Writers Club & Screen Writers Guild & member of the board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Jane died 8-10-1955 in Brentwood, California. At her time of death she left several nieces & nephews.

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