Marguerite Roberts

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Birthday
21, 1905
Birthplace
Colorado
Death Date
Feb 17, 1989 (83)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
21, 1905
Birthplace
Colorado
Death Date
Feb 17, 1989 (83)

About

Award-winning screenwriter of Western classics who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee for refusing to name names.

Before Fame

She moved to Hollywood to work as a secretary at Fox, at the same time pitching her scripts. Her first sold in 1931.

Trivia

Her $2,500 a week contract with MGM, one of the highest for any screenwriter, male or female, became unraveled after her testimony before HUAC; it took nine years for her to find work again in Hollywood after that.

Family Life

She was married to the author John Sanford, a member of the American Communist Party.

Associated With

After being re-hired by Columbia Pictures in the 1960s, she wrote the screen for the 1969 film True Grit, which won John Wayne his only Academy Award.