Author. He graduated from Yale University and joined the Army for World War I. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment, he served until 1920, attaining the rank of Captain. While stationed in South Carolina he met and married Katherine Ball, the daughter of famed journalist W.W. Ball. The Ripleys lived on a North Carolina farm and grew peaches until 1927, when they relocated to Charleston, South Carolina and became writers. Clements Ripley's short stories included "Once an Artilleryman (1940); "Soldiers Honor" (1947); and "The Magic Afternoon" (1952). His novels were: "Dust and Sun" (1929), "Devil Drums" (1930), "Black Moon" (1933), "Murder Walks Alone" (1935), "Gold Is Where You Find It" (1936), "Clear for Action" (1940), and "Mississippi Belle" (1942). Ripley's screen credits include: 1930's "A Devil With Women," with Humphrey Bogart; 1934's "Black Moon," with Fay Wray; 1938's "Jezebel," for which Bette Davis received the Academy Award for Best Actress and Fay Bainter for Best Supporting Actress; 1938's "Gold Is Where You Find It," starring Olivia de Havilland and Claude Rains; and 1944's "Buffalo Bill," with Joel McCrea and Maureen O'Hara. He is memorialized in his family's plot at Rutland, Vermont's Evergreen Cemetery and buried at Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Katharine Ball Ripley