Alan Campbell (screenwriter)

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Alan Campbell
Born Alan K. Campbell
(1904-02-21)21 February 1904
Richmond, Virginia
Died 14 June 1963(1963-06-14) (aged 59)
West Hollywood, California
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter
Spouse(s) Dorothy Parker

Alan K. Campbell (February 21, 1904 – June 14, 1963) was an American writer, actor, and screenwriter. He and his wife, Dorothy Parker, were a popular screenwriting team in Hollywood from 1934 to 1963.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, he was the only child of Harry L. Campbell and Hortense Eichel Campbell. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and moved to New York City in the late 1920s. An occasional contributor of prose to The New Yorker, he also acted on the Broadway stage. He met Parker in 1932 and they married two years later in Raton, New Mexico. Like his wife, he was of mixed Scottish and German-Jewish descent.

Campbell, Parker, and their collaborator, Robert Carson, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 1937 version of A Star Is Born. He and Parker also wrote additional dialogue for The Little Foxes when Lillian Hellman was called away to work on another project.

In 1942 Campbell enlisted in the U.S. Army in Philadelphia. He was commissioned a captain, and served in Army Intelligence in Europe for the duration of World War II. Campbell and Parker divorced in 1947, then remarried in 1950. Although they lived separately from 1952 until 1961, they remained married until Campbell's death.

Campbell died of an apparent suicide on June 14, 1963 in West Hollywood, California. While Parker insisted that he would never have intentionally killed himself, and reported his death as "accidental", he had been drinking all day; capsules of the barbiturate Seconal were found around his bed, and a plastic bag was draped over his neck and shoulders. The coroner's report listed the cause of death as "acute barbiturate poisoning due to an ingestion of overdose".[1] His remains were returned to Richmond for burial.

Film portrayal[edit]

Campbell was portrayed by Hal Holbrook in the 1977 film Julia and by Peter Gallagher in the 1994 film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tragic End for Alan Campbell, at the Dorothy Parker Society; published no later than 18 January 2006 (date of earliest version on archive.org); retrieved July 13, 2015
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database entry for Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

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