Felix Jackson

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Felix Jackson (Joachimson)
Born (1902-06-05)June 5, 1902
Hamburg, German Empire
Died December 7, 1992(1992-12-07) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, U.S.
Other names Felix Joachimson
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer
Spouse(s) Ellen Levy (19? – 192?) divorced one son Ralph Jackson (formerly Joachimson); Licci Balla (?–1940; divorced)
Jill Jackson (1940–44; divorced; 2 children)
Deanna Durbin (1945–49; divorced; 1 child)
Ilka (?–1992; his death) one son

Felix Jackson (June 5, 1902 – December 7, 1992) was a German-born screenwriter and film producer. He was born in Hamburg as Felix Joachimson. Jackson was a city editor in Germany at 21, then a dramatic and music critic, and helped manage three theaters in Berlin. He joined Joe Pasternak as a producer in Budapest in 1933.[1] He began working in the German film industry, before relocating after the rise of the Nazi party. He moved to Austria and Hungary in the mid-1930s where he frequently collaborated with the director Henry Koster. His screenplay for the 1935 film Little Mother served as the basis for a Hollywood remake Bachelor Mother (1939) which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Jackson moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s, writing the screenplay for Destry Rides Again (1939) a western starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich.[2] He was active in the European Film Fund, which provided support to European emigre filmmakers. He produced several Deanna Durbin films for Universal Pictures and they married in 1945. He joined the advertising agency Young and Rubicam in 1946, heading up its dramatic-television department. He served as executive producer of "Pulitzer Prize Playhouse" which aired on the ABC television network.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

Producer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, December 7, 1952
  2. ^ Bach p.246
  3. ^ The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, December 7, 1952

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bach, Stephen. Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

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