Gladys Lehman

Gladys Lehman (born Gladys Collins) was a prolific American screenwriter who had a long career in Hollywood.

Gladys Lehman
BornJanuary 24, 1892
Gates, Oregon, USA
DiedApril 7, 1993
Los Angeles, California, USA
EducationUniversity of Idaho
Spouse(s)Benjamin Lehman (m. 1915–1928)


Lehman was born in Gates, Oregon, to James Collins and Lois Gates. She was the eldest of the couple's four children, and she attended Wardner-Kellogg High School in Idaho.[1]

As a college student, she was initiated into Gamma Phi Beta sorority at the Xi chapter at the University of Idaho.[2] She later attended the University of California.[1] She married Benjamin Lehman, an author and English professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1915; the pair had two sons (one who died as an infant) but divorced in the 1920s.[3]

Gladys moved to Hollywood around 1925 and quickly made a career for herself, starting out as a reader at Universal.[4][1] She was one of the founders of the Screen Writers Guild in 1933.[5] Under contract at Universal from 1926 to 1932, she followed that with freelance work until the early 1950s. She was also one of the founding members of the Motion Picture Relief Fund.

As a screenwriter, she shared an Oscar nomination with Richard Connell for Best Original Screenplay for Two Girls and a Sailor in 1944.

Partial filmography


  1. "Makes Good in Film World". The Semi-Weekly Spokesman-Review. 3 Feb 1931. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  2. "Back Street Opens at Cal Tomorrow". The Press Democrat. 14 Sep 1932. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  3. "U.C. Writer on Marriage Asks Divorce". The Oakland Tribune. 6 May 1928. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  4. Barr Mavity, Nancy (10 Jan 1926). "Behind the Silver Screen". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  5. "Film Writers Group to Act as Mediators". The Los Angeles Times. 13 Jul 1933. Retrieved 2019-11-17.

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