Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unsung of the Screen: Anita Loos (Post Two)

After graduating high school, Anita began putting together different written works on Manhattan social life and would send them to a friend to publish under their name. Soon, her father would encourage her to write one-act plays for his theater company and she did so, receiving some success for it.

Soon, she began writing screenplays and scenarios for screenplays to the Biograph Company, and the first screenplay to be produced was The New York Hat. To her surprise, legendary director D.W. Griffith would direct the film and it would star some of Hollywood's future big stars--Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, and an uncredited Dorothy Gish. 

Between 1912 and 1915, Anita had written 105 scripts (101 were produced) and 200 scenarios--and she had yet to see the inside of a studio. 

Here is a clip of The New York Hat.

Post Three tomorrow!

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