Silvia Richards

Silvia Richards (born Silvia Hope Goodenough) was a screenwriter who worked on a number of films in the 1940s and 1950s, including the film noir Ruby Gentry and the Western Rancho Notorious. She also wrote for television in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Silvia Richards
Silvia Hope Goodenough

May 11, 1915
Indianola, Iowa, US
DiedDecember 21, 1999
Woodland Hills, California, US
Spouse(s)A.I. Bezzerides


Richards was born in Indianola, Iowa, to Aubrey Goodenough and Gertrude Pearl. She attended high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She married Robert L. Richards in 1938 in Alexandra, Virginia. The two lived in New York for a time, where their son David was born; they'd eventually move to Hollywood to launch careers as screenwriters.

HUAC hearings

Richards' work was interrupted by the McCarthy Hearings. She was called in as a friendly witness for HUAC but claimed that she went along with HUAC because she feared for the well-being of her two young sons. Her action helped cause a divorce from her husband, screenwriter Robert L. Richards, who would not testify for the committee. Robert Richards was blacklisted and forced to write under various pseudonyms for the remainder of his career.

Later life

Following her divorce from Richards, Silvia married screenwriter A. I. (Buzz) Bezzerides, another victim of the McCarthy-era blacklist, in 1953.[1] She assisted him in developing his writing ideas but stopped writing on her own. She died in 1999, while Bezzerides lived until 2007.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. Ronald Bergan. "AI Bezzerides". London: The Guardian, February 6, 2007. Accessed January 25, 2012.
  2. "4 Jun 1953, Page 3 - The Fresno Bee The Republican at". Retrieved 2018-12-31.

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