Evelyn Campbell

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Evelyn Campbell
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Evelyn G. Murray

September 3, 1874
Iowa, U.S.
DiedJune 22, 1961 (aged 86)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, author

Evelyn Campbell (sometimes known as Evelyn Murray Campbell) was an American screenwriter, writer, and actress active during Hollywood's silent era.



Campbell was born in Kansas to J.C. Murray (a lawyer) and Maggie Parker; early on, she recalled preferring to read books over playing with dolls while growing up in Missouri. [1] After high school, she began working as a stenographer in St. Louis while working on her writing. She began selling her stories to East Coast magazines around 1918, and soon studios were looking to turn her stories into film scenarios. [2] She also wrote for newspapers, including the Chicago Examiner, The Denver Post , the Dramatic Mirror in New York, and the San Francisco Dramatic and Musical Review. [3]

A few years later, she moved to California to study scenario-writing, and she had soon sold over 18 scripts to various studios, including Universal. [4] She also wrote a number of Western novels over the course of her career.

As an actress, Campbell performed on Broadway in Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 and Make It Snappy (1922). [5]

Personal life

Campbell was married to James Floyd Denison, and they had a son. [3]

Selected filmography

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  1. "Vanishing Rider, New Book by Evelyn M. Campbell". The Daily Oklahoman. April 3, 1932. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  2. "At the Movies". The Florence Bulletin. Kansas, Florence. November 8, 1923. p. 7. Retrieved December 24, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. 1 2 "Writer of dramas successful author". The Anaconda Standard. Montana, Anaconda. February 25, 1912. p. 10. Retrieved December 24, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Notes from Studios". The Anaconda Standard. July 5, 1919. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  5. "Evelyn Campbell". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.