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 Sonya Levien

Sonya Levien

Original Name Hovey
Birth
Panemune, Pagėgiai Municipality, Tauragė, Lithuania
Death 19 Mar 1960 (aged 71)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Jerusalem (formerly Section 18), #929, urn garden, far southeast corner of section
Memorial ID 8769 · View Source
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Screenwriter. Born in Russia, she came to the United States as a child and studied law at New York University. She was active as a magazine editor and short story writer before settling in Hollywood in 1920. During her 40-year movie career Levien worked mainly for Fox, Warner Bros., and MGM. She was best-suited for literary adaptations and biopics, and she shared an Academy Award (with William Ludwig) for "Interrupted Melody" (1955), which was based on the life of opera star Marjorie Lawrence. Her other films include "Tess of the Storm Country" (1931), "Cavalcade" (Best Picture Oscar-winner, 1933), "Kidnapped" (1938), "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939), "Rhapsody in Blue" (1945), "Quo Vadis?" (1951), "Oklahoma!" (1955), and "Pepe" (1960). Levien's final screen credit was for "State Fair" (1962), which she had previously adapted for films in 1933 and 1945. She was married to writer Carl Hovey.

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  • Added: 8 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8769
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sonya Levien (25 Dec 1888–19 Mar 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8769, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .