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Sonya Levien (born Sara Opesken; 25 December 1888 – 19 March 1960) was a Russian-born American screenwriter. She became one of the highest earning female screenwriters in Hollywood in the 1930s and would help a number of directors and film stars transition from silent films to talkies. In 1955 she received an Academy Award for her screenplay Interrupted Melody.

Sara Opesken (Sonya being the Russian diminutive) was born in Panimunik, a small village in the Pale of Settlement on 25 December 1888 (later changing the date to 1898.) The oldest child to parents Julius (b. ca. 1863) and Fanny (b.ca. 1865), Sonya had two brothers, Arnold and Max]

Her grandfather instructed her in Russian, French, German, and Hebrew as well as encouraged her to read from the Talmud and the Shulhan' Aruk on a daily basis.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sonya Levien (born Sara Opesken; 25 December 1888 – 19 March 1960) was a Russian-born American screenwriter. She became one of the highest earning female screenwriters in Hollywood in the 1930s and would help a number of directors and film stars transition from silent films to talkies. In 1955 she received an Academy Award for her screenplay Interrupted Melody.

Sara Opesken (Sonya being the Russian diminutive) was born in Panimunik, a small village in the Pale of Settlement on 25 December 1888 (later changing the date to 1898.) The oldest child to parents Julius (b. ca. 1863) and Fanny (b.ca. 1865), Sonya had two brothers, Arnold and Max]

Her grandfather instructed her in Russian, French, German, and Hebrew as well as encouraged her to read from the Talmud and the Shulhan' Aruk on a daily basis.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Female

Known Credits 55

Birthday 1888-12-25

Day of Death 1960-03-19

Place of Birth Russia

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Also Known As

  • Sonya Hovey

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1962 State Fair Adaptation
1960 Pepe Story
1957 Jeanne Eagels Screenplay
1956 Bhowani Junction Screenplay
1955 Oklahoma! Screenplay
1955 Interrupted Melody Writer
1955 Hit the Deck Writer
1954 The Student Prince Screenplay
1952 The Merry Widow Screenplay
1951 Quo Vadis Screenplay
1948 Three Daring Daughters Screenplay
1947 Cass Timberlane Adaptation
1946 The Green Years Screenplay
1945 Rhapsody in Blue Story
1945 State Fair Adaptation
1945 The Valley of Decision Screenplay
1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday Story
1941 Ziegfeld Girl Screenplay
1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Screenplay
1939 Drums Along the Mohawk Screenplay
1938 The Cowboy and the Lady Screenplay
1938 Kidnapped Writer Screenplay
1938 Four Men and a Prayer Screenplay
1938 In Old Chicago Screenplay
1936 Reunion Writer
1935 Paddy O'Day Story
1935 Navy Wife Writer
1934 Change of Heart Screenplay
1933 Mr. Skitch Writer
1933 Berkeley Square Writer
1933 The Warrior's Husband Writer
1933 State Fair Screenplay
1932 Tess of the Storm Country Writer
1932 After Tomorrow Writer
1931 Delicious Writer
1931 Surrender Writer
1931 The Brat Writer
1931 Daddy Long Legs Writer
1931 The Man Who Came Back Writer
1930 Lightnin' Writer
1930 Liliom Dialogue Screenplay
1930 Song o' My Heart Scenario Writer
1930 So This Is London Scenario Writer
1929 South Sea Rose Writer
1929 They Had to See Paris Scenario Writer
1929 Lucky Star Writer
1929 Behind That Curtain Writer
1929 Trial Marriage Screenplay
1929 Frozen Justice Writer
1928 The Power of the Press Writer
1928 A Ship Comes In Writer
1926 Christine of the Big Tops Scenario Writer
1926 Why Girls Go Back Home Scenario Writer
1925 Salome of the Tenements Writer

Acting

1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)

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