Bess Meredyth

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Bess Meredyth
Bess Meredyth
Born Helen Elizabeth MacGlashen
(1890-02-12)February 12, 1890
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died July 13, 1969(1969-07-13) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film actress, Film writer
Spouse(s) Michael Curtiz, Wilfred Lucas, Burton Leslie
Children John Meredyth Lucas
Award winning filmwriter

Bess Meredyth (February 12, 1890 - July 13, 1969) was a film writer and silent film actress. The wife of film director Michael Curtiz, Meredyth wrote The Affairs of Cellini (1934) and adapted The Unsuspected (1947). She was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her son, John Meredyth Lucas, wrote for television.

Snowy Baker[edit]

Early in her career Meredyth travelled to Australia with her director husband Wilfred Lucas. They made three films starring Australian sportsman Snowy Baker, The Man from Kangaroo (1920), The Jackeroo of Coolabong (1920) and The Shadow of Lightning Ridge (1921). She was arguably the first professional screenwriter to work in Australia.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Vagg, 'A Brief History of Australian Screenwriting'. Lumina Issue 7, May 2011

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