Lewton, Val

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Motion picture producer, screenwriter, and novelist. Born 1904; died 1951.

From the description of Papers of Val Lewton, 1924-1982 (bulk 1926-1951). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81163531

Motion picture producer, screenwriter, and novelist; b. 1904; d. 1951.

From the description of Papers, 1924-1982 (bulk 1926-1951). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 34149522

Biographical Note

  • 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
  • circa 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 - 1932 : Publicity writer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, under the supervision of Howard Dietz
  • 1932: Published No Bed of Her Own. New York: Vanguard Press Contracted 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 - 1946 : 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.

From the guide to the Val Lewton Papers, 1924-1982, (bulk 1926-1951), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Selznick, David O., 1902-1965. Papers, 1935. Indiana University
creatorOf Lewton, Val. Papers of Val Lewton, 1924-1982 (bulk 1926-1951). Library of Congress
creatorOf Lewton, Val. Papers, 1924-1982 (bulk 1926-1951). Library of Congress
creatorOf Val Lewton Papers, 1924-1982, (bulk 1926-1951) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. corporateBody
associatedWith RKO Radio Pictures, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Selznick, David O., 1902-1965. person
associatedWith Smithsonian American Art Museum. Exhibitions Office. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Horror films
Motion picture industry--United States
Motion picture industry
Motion picture industry--Public relations
Motion picture producers and directors
Motion picture producers and directors--United States
Motion picture producers
Novelists, American
Screenwriters--United States
Story editors (Motion pictures)--United States


Birth 1904-05-07

Death 1951-03-14




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