Charles Lederer family papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Lederer family papers
Date (inclusive): 1910-1985
Collection number: 1069
Creator: Lederer, Charles Payne, Julie
Extent: 16 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Charles Lederer family papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Julie Payne, 2005


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 Towne.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

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.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-C as follows: A. Produced; B. Robert Towne; C. Unproduced; 2. Television files; 3. Stage files; 4. Subject files; 5. Scrapbooks

Indexing Terms

Lederer, Charles , 1910-1976--Archives.
Payne, Julie--Archives.