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Timeline of Lewton's Life from
The Library of Congress

Val Lewton Papers : Manuscript Division

Lewton Scrapbook

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(Above: Scrapbook from the Lewton papers at the Library of Congress, Washington DC)

Library of Congress
Biographical Timeline of Val Lewton

  • 1904, May 7 Born Vladimir Ivan Leventon, Yalta, Russia

  • 1909 Mother, Nina Leventon, and children (Val and Lucy) emigrated to America and took anglicized name of Lewton; Nina Lewton employed by her sister, actress Nazimova
  • ca. 1922 Columbia School of Journalism, New York, N.Y.

  • 1923 Privately published first book of poetry, "Panther Skin and Grapes" (Poynton Press)

  • 1928 Married Ruth Knapp

  • 1928-32 Publicity writer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, under the supervision of Howard Dietz

  • 1932 Published "No Bed of Her Own" (New York: Vanguard Press, 1932. 306 pp.); contract with Vanguard Press for five novels per year

  • 1933 Wrote script for "Taras Bulba" for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; story editor, David O. Selznick unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • 1942-46 Head of horror unit, RKO Radio Pictures

  • 1942 Produced "Cat People" (motion picture)

  • 1946 Produced "Bedlam" (motion picture)

  • 1947 Contract with Paramount Pictures

  • 1948 Hired by Louis B. Mayer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • 1951 Produced "Apache Drums" (motion picture), Universal-International

  • 1951, Mar. 14 Died, Hollywood, Calif.

Read the "scope and Content" notes for the Lewton papers here.

This information is mainly culled from the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division Reading Room page here.

 

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Lewton Links

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Lewton RKO Films
Cat People*
I Walked With A Zombie*
The Leopard Man*
The Seventh Victim*
The Ghost Ship*
Curse of the Cat People*
Youth Runs Wild
Mademoiselle Fifi*
Isle of the Dead
The Body Snatcher*
Bedlam

Other Lewton Films
My Own True Love*
Please Believe Me*
Apache Drums*
Misc Films

*Pages under construction

CAST AND CREW PAGES

Sir Lancelot Pinard
SIR LANCELOT PINARD

Simone Simon
SIMONE SIMON

Frances Dee
FRANCES DEE

Jane Randolph
JANE RANDOLPH

cinemagraphe

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