World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Lenore Coffee

Article Id: WHEBN0007544674
Reproduction Date:

Title: Lenore Coffee  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Old Acquaintance, Wiki Ed/UMASS-Amherst/COMM 394RI- Race and Gender in Sitcoms (Fall 2015), Footsteps in the Fog, Four Daughters, 11th Academy Awards
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Lenore Coffee

Lenore J. Coffee
Born (1896-07-13)July 13, 1896
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 2, 1984(1984-07-02) (aged 87)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation screenwriter, playwright, novelist
Spouse(s) William J. Cowen (c. 1926 – 16 January 1964)

Lenore Jackson Coffee (13 July 1896, San Francisco – 2 July 1984, Woodland Hills, California) was an American screenwriter, playwright and novelist.


  • Biography 1
  • Published works 2
  • Film credits 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Coffee began her career when she answered an ad requesting a screen story for the actress Clara Kimball Young and was awarded a one-year contract at $50 a week.[1]

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 novel, 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 was married to writer and director William J. Cowen, and one of her ancestors was U.S. General John Coffee, Chief of Staff to Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1814.

Published works

  • Storyline: Reflections 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)

Film credits


  1. ^ Silvester, Christopher (2000). The Grove book of Hollywood. New York: Grove Press.  

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from School eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.