|Lenore J. Coffee|
July 13, 1896|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||July 2, 1984
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Occupation||screenwriter, playwright, novelist|
|Spouse(s)||William J. Cowen (c. 1926 – 16 January 1964)|
She was twice nominated for an Academy Award for best Adapted Screenplay. The first time was for Street of Chance in 1929/30, adapted from the story by Oliver H. P. Garrett, in collaboration with Howard Estabrook; and the second was with Julius J. Epstein in 1938 for Four Daughters, based on Fannie Hurst's short story, "Sister Act". Of the studio system she is quoted as saying:
"They pick your brains, break your heart, ruin your digestion – and what do you get for it? Nothing but a lousy fortune."
Coffee wrote many stories related to experiences women faced during her time yet there were not met with great reviews and open arms.
Coffee spent many years with Warner Brothers, which she mentions in her autobiography as to being the only female writer. One hit that came out of that is the film Four Daughters which she cowrote with Julius J. Epstein.
- Storyline: Recollections of a Hollywood Screenwriter. London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1973. ISBN 0-304-29245-1. (autobiography)
- Weep No More. London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1955. (novel)
- w/ Cowen, William Joyce. Family Portrait, 1939. (play). The play was performed at The Strand Theatre in London in February 1948, with Fay Compton in the lead role as Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, The theatre critic Peter Forster in The Spectator wrote of her performance that "As Mary, Miss Fay Compton was deeply moving in her own right". 
- Lenore J. Coffee at the Internet Movie Database
- Lenore Coffee at the Internet Broadway Database
- Lenore Coffee at Women Film Pioneers Project
- The Spectator 27 February 1948: " Family Portrait " By Lenore Coffee and W. Joyce