Dorothy Howell (screenwriter)

Dorothy Howell (May 10, 1899 – June 8, 1971) was an American screenwriter active mostly during the 1920s and 1930s.

Dorothy Howell
Born(1899-05-10)May 10, 1899
Chicago, Illinois, USA
DiedJune 8, 1971(1971-06-08) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s)Mendel B. Silverberg


Born in 1899 to Elmer Howell and Carrie Lorenz, Dorothy was raised in Illinois alongside her younger brother Raymond. Raymond would go on to work at Hollywood studios as a technician, according to census records.

Howell worked as a scenarist and screenwriter for Columbia for much of her career. She started out at Columbia as Harry Cohn's secretary and was appointed assistant general production manager at the company in 1926.[1] Before joining Columbia, she had also worked as a secretary to executives Irving Thalberg and B.P. Schulberg.

She was married to Mendel B. Silverberg, a prominent entertainment lawyer (who had previously been married to Alice Calhoun).[2][3]

Selected filmography


  1. "19 Feb 1926, 25 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  2. "26 Dec 1931, 15 - The San Francisco Examiner at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. Schulberg, Budd (2012-07-31). Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince. Open Road Media. ISBN 9781453261767.
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