Timeline of Lewton's Life from The Library of Congress
Val Lewton Papers : Manuscript Division
(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.
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