Elizabeth Meehan, from a 1928 publication.
|Born||22 August 1894|
|Died||24 April 1967 72) (aged|
|Other names||Betty Meehan, Betty Williams, Elizabeth Meehan Williams|
Elizabeth Meehan (22 August 1894 – 24 April 1967), also billed as Betty Meehan, was a British screenwriter who worked in both Britain and Hollywood.
Meehan was born on the Isle of Wight, and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As a young woman, Betty Meehan was a model, a professional swimmer,and a chorus girl with the Ziegfeld Follies, in the same sextet of dancers as Billie Dove and Alta King. "Oh yes, I know that chorines have the reputation of being beautiful but dumb," she explained in a 1928 interview, "And, perhaps, some of them are. But you'd be surprised at the girls you'll find in the choruses."
Meehan credited James M. Barrie with helping her transition into screenwriting.During the late 1930s Meehan was employed by the studio head Walter C. Mycroft to work for British International Pictures. Meehan frequently collaborated with the Irish director Herbert Brenon.
Later in her career, Meehan worked in television, writing episodes of Lux Video Theatre, Fireside Theatre , and Mama.
Meehan had a daughter, Frances Meehan Williams (1930-2006),who became an actress and later a psychotherapist. Elizabeth Meehan died in 1967, in New York, aged 72 years. Her daughter donated some of her original scripts and screenplays to the Special Collections library at UCLA.
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