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Also Known As: James Maxwell Anderson Died: February 28, 1959
Born: December 15, 1888 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Atlantic, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: playwright, screenwriter, librettist, teacher, print editor

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A noted playwright who occasionally wrote directly for the screen, Maxwell Anderson also wrote original film scripts. His credits include the adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930, with Del Andrews and George Abbott) and Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" (1956); of his numerous plays adapted for the screen by others, "What Price Glory?" (1926; written with Laurence Stallings), Michael Curtiz's "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939) and John Huston's "Key Largo" (1948) stand out.

A noted playwright who occasionally wrote directly for the screen, Maxwell Anderson also wrote original film scripts. His credits include the adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930, with Del Andrews and George Abbott) and Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" (1956); of his numerous plays adapted for the screen by others, "What Price Glory?" (1926; written with Laurence Stallings), Michael Curtiz's "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939) and John Huston's "Key Largo" (1948) stand out.

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1.
 American Lifestyles (1987) ("On Stage" - "Show Business: The Postwar Years")
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1911:
Worked as a high school English teacher and did editorial work for San Francisco newspapers
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Became a newspaper journalist in New York; wrote for the <i>New York World</i>
1923:
Wrote first play, "The White Desert"
1926:
His play "What Price Glory?" (written with Laurence Stallings) was filmed
1930:
Contributed dialogue to the award-winning anti-war film "All Quiet on the Western Front"
1932:
Adapted "Rain" for the movies
1933:
Received Pulitzer Prize for his verse drama "Both Your Houses"
1934:
Co-wrote the film adaptation of "Death Takes a Holiday"
1935:
Penned the award-winning "Winterset"
1936:
Enjoyed stage success with "High Tor"
1938:
Co-founded The Playwright's Company which produced many of his subsequent plays
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Wrote librettos for Kurt Weill musicals: "Knickerbocker Holiday" (1938) and "Lost in the Stars" (1949)
1939:
Wrote the stage play "Key Largo"
1946:
Penned "Joan of Lorraine"
1954:
Enjoyed stage success with "The Bad Seed"; play filmed in 1956
1959:
Reportedly did uncredited work on the screenplay for the Oscar-winning "Ben-Hur"
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Education

Stanford University: Stanford , California -
University of North Dakota: Grand Forks , North Dakota - 1911

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wife:
Margaret Ethel Haskett. Married 1911 until her death from a stroke in 1931; born 1896.
wife:
Mab Maynard. Actor, secretary. Began a relationship with Anderson in the late 1920s; divorced her first husband in 1933; reportedly married Anderson in 1934 although no record of marriage has ever been found; born 1904; died 1953.
wife:
Gilda Hazard. Married 1954 until Anderson's death in 1959; born 1913.

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father:
William Lincoln Anderson. Baptist minister. Born 1863; died 1936.
mother:
Charlotte Perrimela Anderson. Born 1867; died 1934.
step-mother:
Josephine Fitzpatrick. Married Anderson's father in 1934.
sister:
Ethel Mae Anderson. Born 1887; died 1980.
sister:
Lela Blanche Anderson. Born 1891.
brother:
Harold Alfred Anderson. Born 1895.
sister:
Ruth Virginia Anderson. Born 1898; died 1972.
brother:
John Kenneth Anderson. Twin of Dorothy; born 1902.
sister:
Dorothy Elizabeth Anderson. Twin of John Kenneth; born 1902; died 1962.
brother:
Lawrence Anderson. Born 1913.
son:
Quentin Maxwell Anderson. Born 1912; mother Margaret Haskett.
son:
Alan Haskett Anderson. Born 1917; mother Margaret Haskett.
son:
Terrence Anderson. Born 1921; mother Margaret Haskett.
daughter:
Hesper Anderson. Screenwriter. Born 1934; mother Mab Maynard; wrote screen adaptation of "Children of a Lesser God"; married to Earle Levenstein in 1955; had three children.
step-daughter:
Laruel Hazard.
step-son:
Lawrence Craig Hazard.
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