Bess Meredyth

Active - 1917 - 1947  |   Born - in Buffalo, NY  |   Died - Jul 13, 1969 in Woodland Hills, CA  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance, Adventure

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A tiny, vivacious blonde, American actress/screenwriter Bess Meredyth entered films as an extra in 1914. She developed into a comedy ingenue, appearing in the Bess one-reeler series of the mid teens. Upon marrying actor Wilfred Lucas, she retired from acting to concentrate on writing; she also co-directed a film with her husband, Morgan's Raiders (1918). After an acrimonious split-up with Lucas, Bess married director Michael Curtiz. Bess' most famous screenplays include Don Juan (1926), Ben-Hur (1926), A Woman of Affairs (1928) and The Mighty Barnum (1934). Bess Meredyth was the mother of writer-director John Meredyth Lucas, of Mannix fame.

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