The Charles Lederer family papers span the years 1910-1985 and encompass 16 linear feet. The
collection contains screenplays, playscripts, and stories by Charles Lederer and his frequent
collaborator Ben Hecht; clippings, scrapbooks, sheet music, and photographs related to Reine Davies and
George W. Lederer; a small amount of material related to Marion Davies, including family photographs;
scrapbooks and clippings related to Anne Shirley; lobby cards related to John Payne; film scripts related
to Julie Payne? acting career; and scripts by Robert Towne.
Charles Lederer was an American screenwriter most active in film from 1931 to 1951. Lederer was the
son of stage producer George W. Lederer and actress Reine Davies. Reine Davies was the sister of actress
Marion Davies. Lederer married actress Anne Shirley in 1949. They remained married until his death in
1976. Anne Shirley? first husband was actor John Payne. During their marriage, which lasted from 1937 to
1943, the couple had a daughter, actress Julie Anne Payne. Charles Lederer became Julie Payne?
stepfather upon his marriage to Anne Shirley. Julie Payne was married at one time to screenwriter Robert
16 linear feet of papers.
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