Jeannie MacPherson

Jeanie Macpherson - Writer, actress. Jeanie Macpherson was the "write hand" of Cecil B. DeMille for a significant number of his films between 1915 and 1945. She started as  a dancer and stage performer. At  21 she came to the Biograph company and got a part in Mr. Jones at the Ball 1908 directed by D.W. Griffith. Griffith took her into the company. A year afterwards, Griffith hired actress  Mary Pickford. Jeannie appeared with Mary in 10 movies including Enoch Arden , 1911.  She finally left Biograph and appeared in The Ghost Breaker ( Lasky 1914), starring H.B. Warner; Carmen , with Geraldine Farrar and The Girl of the Golden West (First National, 1923),  Jeanie only returned to performing as a narrator in the 1939 documentary Land of Liberty (Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America). She was hired by DeMille as his stenographer, and eventually hired her as a writer with her first scipt she co-wrote The Captive (Lasky- 1915), starring Blanche Sweet, in which she had a role in as well. Jeannie blossomed as a writer and worked with deMille for the next 30 years. Some of her many cedits were Joan the Woman (Cardinal, 1917), Romance of the Redwoods (Artcraft, 1917) and The Little American (Artcraft, 1917), both starring Mary Pickford; The Woman God Forgot (Artcraft, 1917), Don't Change Your Husband (Lasky, 1919), starring Gloria Swanson; Male and Female (Lasky- 1919), Forbidden Fruit (Lasky, 1921), The Affairs of Anatol (Lasky, 1921), Manslaughter (Famous Players-Lasky, 1922) and The Ten Commandments (Lasky, 1923), and The King of Kings (Cecil B. DeMille Productions, 1927), starring H.B. Warner. After sound movies came, Jeanie's involvement became less. He never let Jeanie go completely, and, because of their long association, By 1945, while filming The Unconquered (Paramount -1947), starring Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard, DeMille summoned Jeanie for her help on the script. When she came to the studio, she could not fulfill her obligation. DeMille learned that she had terminal cancer. Jeanie Macpherson passed away a year later, in 1946.

Jeannie MacPherson in "Carmen" 1920

Jeannie MacPherson in Biograph's
    "The Last Drop of water" 1912.
              (Jeannie is center)

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