Margaret Turnbull (screenwriter)

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Margaret Turnbull
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Margaret Turnbull in 1915
Born(1872-11-17)17 November 1872
Glasgow, Scotland
Died12 June 1942(1942-06-12) (aged 69)
OccupationWriter
Years active1914-1939

Margaret Turnbull (17 November 1872 12 June 1942) was a Scottish novelist, playwright and screenwriter in silent films. [1]

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Early life

Turnbull was born in Glasgow, Scotland. [2] She was the older sister of producer Hector Turnbull and sister to Jean, Mary, Alice, Donald, [3] and Isabel. [4] Her family moved to the United States during her childhood, and she attended school in New Jersey. [5]

Career

Turnbull wrote plays, including Genessee of the Hills (1905), A Society Policeman (1905), Classmates (1907, with William C. deMille), On the Square (1913, with her brother), The Deadlock (1913), and At the Mitre (1914). In 1912, a script she submitted anonymously was produced in New York by Henry Wilson Savage, as The Stronger Claim. [6]

Turnbull wrote for 51 films between 1914 and 1939. She worked for Paramount Pictures and the Famous Players–Lasky studios in Islington, and also spent some of her career in Hollywood. [7] In 1915, she wrote at least three films that starred Blanche Sweet; she also wrote films starring Edna Goodrich and Enrico Caruso. She was described as a "popular writer" and William C. deMille's assistant in a 1915 article about film dramas. [8]

Turnbull also wrote novels, including W. A. G.'s Tale (1913), [9] Looking After Sandy (1915), [10] [11] The Close Up (1918), [12] [13] Alabaster Lamps (1925) [14] Madame Judas (1926), [2] The Left Lady (1926), [15] The Handsome Man (1930), [16] and The Bride's Mirror (1934). [17] "I am sure," she told an interviewer in 1926, "that I get much more pleasure in writing a book or play than Mr. Ford has ever gotten from all the machines he has put on the market." [2]

Personal life

Turnbull lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. [2] She died in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts in 1942, aged 69 years. [1]

Selected filmography

Newspaper advertisement for Stolen Goods (1915), starring Blanche Sweet, with Margaret Trumbull credited as writer. Stolengoods-newspaperad-1915.jpg
Newspaper advertisement for Stolen Goods (1915), starring Blanche Sweet, with Margaret Trumbull credited as writer.

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  12. "The Close-up". The European Library. The European Library. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  13. "The Book Corner". The San Bernardino County Sun. 24 December 1918. p. 6. Retrieved 28 July 2020 via Newspapers.com.
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