Sheridan Gibney

Sheridan de Raismes Gibney (June 11, 1903 – April 12, 1988) was a writer and producer in theater and film. He attended Amherst College and received an honorary M.A. from it. He later served as an instructor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He received Academy Awards for The Story of Louis Pasteur.[1] He began in film in 1931, but tended to see himself more as a playwright. He particularly had a fondness for Restoration comedy. That said he would be President of the Screen Writers Guild twice.[2] As a member of the League of American Writers he suffered from the Hollywood blacklist. Jack Warner later retracted the claim Gibney was a Communist[3] and Gibney had proposed the group criticize Soviet actions against Finland although that ultimately was unanimously voted down.[4] In his later life Gibney did work in television.


  1. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, Gibney Papers
  2. Patrick McGilligan (July 15, 2014). Film Crazy: Interviews with Hollywood Legends. St. Martin's Press. pp. 170–177. ISBN 978-1-4668-7573-9.
  3. Victor Navasky (October 1, 2013). Naming Names. Open Road Media. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-4804-3621-3.
  4. Gerald Horne (2006). The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten. University of California Press. pp. 145, 344. ISBN 978-0-520-24372-9.

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