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