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Violet Clark

Violet Clark
Anna Violet Clark

May 13, 1896
DiedOctober 23, 1974 (aged 78)

Anna Violet Clark (1896-1974) was an American screenwriter active during Hollywood's silent era.


The youngest of four children born to A.W. Clark and Anna Taggert in Omaha, Nebraska, Violet attended Mills College in Oakland, California, and then graduated from the University of Chicago.[1][2] She started off her professional career as a journalist at newspapers in the Midwest.[3][4]

She soon began writing scenarios; the first one she sold was for 1919's Bonnie, Bonnie Lassie, directed by Tod Browning. In 1920, Clark came to Los Angeles to accept a position as a scenario writer for Thomas H. Ince.[5] She'd also write a number of stories for actress Katherine McDonald and B. P. Shulberg at First National, as well as Samuel Goldwyn.[6][7]

She married Los Angeles–based commercial artist Robert Freeman in 1922, and the pair spent a year in London, during which she wrote pictures for British studios.[8][9] After the birth of their two sons, the pair spent four years in Europe, at which point Violet returned to her position at Paramount, but she's not credited with any other films after this period.[10]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "16 Apr 1922, Page 68 - Oakland Tribune at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. ^ "Scenario Writers and Editors". Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual: 286. 1919 – via
  3. ^ "29 Jan 1922, Page 58 - Oakland Tribune at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  4. ^ "14 May 1922, 29 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  5. ^ "26 Aug 1920, 30 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  6. ^ "29 Jan 1922, Page 58 - Oakland Tribune at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  7. ^ "19 Mar 1922, Page 20 - Oakland Tribune at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  8. ^ "2 Dec 1922, 17 - Daily News at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  9. ^ "24 Aug 1923, 27 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  10. ^ "28 Sep 1932, 7 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-01-11.

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