Charles Davies Lederer

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Charles Davies Lederer

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: March 05, 1976 (65)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Washington Lederer and Reine Davies
Husband of Anne Shirley
Ex-husband of Virginia Nicholson
Father of Private
Brother of Pepi Lederer
Half brother of George W. Lederer, Jr. and Maitland Rice Lederer

Occupation: Screenwriter, film director
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About Charles Davies Lederer

Charles Lederer was an American film writer and director. Lederer is recognized for his acerbic adaptations and collaborative screenplays of the 1940s and early 1950s. His screenplays frequently delved into the corrosive influences of wealth and power. Yet his comedy writing was also among the best of the period, and he, along with Hecht and Herman Mankiewicz became major contributors to the film genre known as "screwball comedy".

He was a child prodigy and was admitted to UC Berkeley at the age of thirteen, but dropped out a few years later to work as a journalist for Hearst newspapers. When he was nineteen, he became friends with Ben Hecht, who introduced him to the New York literati. His friendship with Hecht led to his being hired to write additional dialogue for the film The Front Page. He later moved back to Hollywood to become a full-time screenwriter.

In 1954, he won three Tony Awards for the Broadway Musical Kismet, as Best Producer (Musical), as Best Author (Musical) with Luther Davis, and as co-author of the book who, with several collaborators, contributed to the Best Musical win.

Death: "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 November 2014), Charles D Lederer, 05 Mar 1976; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

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December 31, 1910
New York, New York, United States
March 5, 1976
Age 65
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States