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Jay Presson Allen (1922–2006)


Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Cabaret Writer
(1972)
Marnie Writer
(1964)
Deathtrap Writer
(1982)

Filmography

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 1992 American Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Tru (1992) ... (play)
 1990 Lord of the Flies (screenplay - as Sara Schiff)
  Hothouse (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1988) (creator - 2 episodes, 1988)
- 'Love and Taxes' (1988) ... (creator)
- His Mother (1988) ... (creator)
- Nancy: Part 2 (1988) ... (writer)
- Nancy: Part 1 (1988) ... (writer)
- The Actress (1988) ... (writer)
 1982 The Verdict (uncredited)
 1982 Deathtrap (screenplay by)
 1981 Prince of the City (screenplay)
  Family (TV Series) (creator - 85 episodes, 1976 - 1980) (created and written by - 1 episode, 1976)
- Letting Go (1980) ... (creator)
- Smarts (1980) ... (creator)
- Just Like Old Times (1980) ... (creator)
- The Ties That Bind (1980) ... (creator)
- Such a Fine Line (1980) ... (creator)
 1980 Just Tell Me What You Want (novel) / (screenplay)
 1978 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Newcastle (1978) ... (writer)
 1976 A Star Is Born (uncredited)
 1975 Funny Lady (screenplay)
 1973 The Borrowers (TV Movie) (written by)
 1973 40 Carats (stage play adaptation - as Jay Allen)
 1972 Travels with My Aunt (screenplay)
 1972 Cabaret (screenplay - as Jay Allen)
 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (based on the play by) / (screenplay)
 1967 Acting in the Sixties (TV Series documentary) (play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" - 1 episode)
- Vanessa Redgrave (1967) ... (play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie")
 1964 Marnie (screenplay by)
 1963 Wives and Lovers (play "The First Wife")
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Beg, Borrow or Steal (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Dark Search (1955) ... (as Jay Presson)
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Do It Yourself (1955) ... (writer - as Jay Presson)
 1954 Repertory Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Beg, Borrow or Steal (1954) ... (teleplay)
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Brink of Disaster (1954) ... (writer)
 1953 Danger (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Surface Tension (1953) ... (as Jay Presson)
- Inside Straight (1953) ... (as Jay Presson)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Written by Jay Presson Allen. Adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark. Incidental music composed and arranged by John Cook. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Jane Greenwood. Directed by Michael Langham. Helen Hayes Theatre: 16 Jan 1968- 14 Dec 1968 (... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jay Allen | Jay Presson | Sara Schiff
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I get up, and I write and I write, until I have to go to sleep; then I get up, eat something, then go back to work. I do a script very fast, because I don't stop. All day. All night, until I'm too sleepy.

Trivia:

She always spoke warmly about Alfred Hitchcock, and said that she had learned a great deal from working with him. In addition to writing the script for "Marnie", she wrote a first-draft screenplay based on J.M. Barrie's play "Mary Rose", which Hitchcock was very keen to film. However, the film was never made. See more »

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