Eleanore Griffin


Screenwriter

About

Died
July 26, 1995
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

Academy Award-winner Eleanore Griffin captivated countless audiences with her awe-inspiring screenplays. Griffin's career beginnings can be traced back to writing for films such as the dramatic sports film "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry" (1937) with Judy Garland. She succeeded this honor with the script for "Blondie in Society" (1941) with Penny Singleton. In the latter half of her career, ...

Biography

Academy Award-winner Eleanore Griffin captivated countless audiences with her awe-inspiring screenplays. Griffin's career beginnings can be traced back to writing for films such as the dramatic sports film "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry" (1937) with Judy Garland. She succeeded this honor with the script for "Blondie in Society" (1941) with Penny Singleton. In the latter half of her career, Griffin wrote the Jennifer Jones dramatic adaptation "Good Morning, Miss Dove" (1955), "Imitation of Life" (1959) with Lana Turner and "Third Man on the Mountain" (1959). She also appeared in the Susan Hayward dramatic adaptation "Back Street" (1961). Griffin more recently wrote the dramatic adaptation "One Man's Way" (1964) with Don Murray. Griffin passed away in July 1995 at the age of 91.

Life Events

1937

Wrote the screenplay for "Boys Town," which starred Spencer Tracy

Videos

Movie Clip

Boys Town (1938) - No Such Thing As A Bad Boy Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) lobbies Nebraska newspaper magnate Hargraves (Jonathan Hale), a montage creates the buildings, and financier Dave (Henry Hull) frets, in MGM's Boys Town, 1938.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - A Maid To Live In After wide shots establishing the real Coney Island, director Douglas Sirk switches to location shooting in Long Beach, CA, introducing principals Lana Turner, John Gavin and Juanita Moore, opening producer Ross Hunter's hit re-make, Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - Ten Seconds Before You Die Out of work model and/or actress and single mom Lora (Lana Turner) has schemed her way into an after-hours meeting at the office of theatrical agent Loomis (Robert Alda) who, it turns out, lacks certain scruples, early in Douglas Sirk's Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - A Falling Star! Susie (Sandra Dee) and Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) are now teens, Lora (Lana Turner) now a Broadway star and Annie (Juanita Moore) still her backup, when old flame Steve (John Gavin) shows up at a premiere party ten years later, in producer Ross Hunter's Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Imitation Of Life (1959) - Foolish Together Single mom and aspiring actress Lora (Lana Turner), embarrassed by Christmas attention from Steve (John Gavin), as housekeeper/roommate Annie (Juanita Moore) takes a call from agent Loomis (Robert Alda), representing Edwards (Dan O'Herlihy), in Douglas Sirk's hit Imitation Of Life, 1959.
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) - Not So Nice Cameron Mitchell narrates, recalling Depression era New York, and his meeting with Flavia (Margaret O'Brien, title character) who soon joins neighborhood sage and news vendor Mac (Rhys Williams), opening Tenth Avenue Angel, 1948, also starring George Murphy and Angela Lansbury.
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) - What Are Phoenicians? Steve (George Murphy), washing cabs because he's not allowed to drive while on probation, fooling around with pal Flavia (Margaret O'Brien, title character), who thinks he's been away traveling, when her aunt, his sweetheart, arrives with an idea, in Tenth Avenue Angel, 1948.
Boys Town (1938) - Not To Obstruct Justice... Having rushed into court to defend some of his charges, Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) persuades pawn-broker Dave (Henry Hull), merchant Kahn (Sidney Miller), and the judge (Addison Richards) that little harm was done, early in Boys Town, 1938.
Boys Town (1938) - You Can Go On Being Nothing Pee Wee (Bobs Watson) greets financial backer Dave (Henry Hull) and Burton (Robert Emmett Keane) who find Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) trying to prevent newcomer Whitey (Mickey Rooney) from escaping, in MGM's Boys Town, 1938.
Boys Town (1938) - Eternity Begins In 45 Minutes One of the finest scenes for the overlooked Liverpool-born actor-turned-director Leslie Fenton as convict Dan, with the warden (John Hamilton), then Academy Award-winning star Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan, Roger Converse and Walter Young in support, opening the MGM hit Boys Town, 1938.
Back Street (1961) - You Call This Living? Opening scenes introducing Lincoln, Nebraska, traveling marine Paul Saxon (John Gavin), USO volunteer and budding designer Rae (Susan Hayward) and her admiring pal Curt (Charles Drake), in producer Ross Hunter's 1961 version of Fannie Hurst's Back Street.
One Man's Way (1964) - You're Some Preacher! Apocryphal event with some basis in fact, Norman Vincent Peale (Don Murray) was as a reporter in Detroit, ca. 1922, on the scene of a home explosion, Veronica Cartwright the child victim, Carol Ohmart the colleague with camera, in the bio-pic of the author/preacher, One Man’s Way, 1964.

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