Elizabeth Beecher is an American screenwriter best known for her work on Western-themed movies and television shows in the 1940s and 1950s.
|Born||February 19, 1898|
|Died||March 8, 1973 75)(aged|
Beecher was born on February 19, 1898, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and is a descendant of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1920 with majors in English and history.
Beecher worked as a news reporter and writer for the Syracuse Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York American. She moved to Hollywood in 1937, where she took up work as a freelance writer. She began writing screenplays for Western film producers as well as television shows such as Lassie and The Gene Autry Show.
Outside of film, Beecher wrote comic and children's books, including adaptions of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Tonka for the Walt Disney Corporation. Additional writings included a cookbook of early American family recipes, seven Little Golden Books, four Big Golden Books, and The Bar-Twenty Cowboy, a book selected for inclusion in the Children's Library at the British Museum. She also rewrote or ghost wrote more than 100 manuscripts.
- The Cisco Kid (various)
Beecher died on Saturday, March 3, 1973, in Burbank, California. She was survived by her son, Guy Snowden Miller; her sister, Dorothy Shidler; her grandson, Gene; and her granddaughter, Kerry.
- "Author Elizabeth Beecher Dies in Hospital, Was 75". The Van Nuys News. 8 March 1973. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1959: January-June. LIbrary of Congress. 1960. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- Nevins, Francis M. (2008). The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots. Bilingual Press. ISBN 9781931010498. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- Pitts, Michael R. (2012). Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9781476600901. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- Martin, Len D. (2006). The Republic Pictures Checklist: Features, Serials, Cartoons, Short Subjects and Training Films of Republic Pictures Corporation, 1935-1959. McFarland. ISBN 9780786427406. Retrieved 15 February 2016.