Sunday, August 16, 2015

Frances Marion, an Anti-Damsel

So I had wanted to write this fantastic post on Frances Marion but when the documentary you watched isn't on Youtube and the library takes forever to get a book in for you it makes things difficult.

The documentary I watched on TCM was Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Hollywood. It was an excellent documentary and I took some notes but not enough to write a good post on. However, it does air again on TCM on Oct. 1, 1:45am EST and I cannot recommend it enough! Everyone participating in the Anti-Damsel Blogathon should write it in on their calendars or set a reminder on their phones.

Frances Marion was an extraordinary women and more people need to know about her. Below I've included a list of books and links to Amazon. I wish I could afford to buy them or that my library had them in their collection. Also, here is a link to a brief bio about her. Here is a great article.

Here is a fantastic post loaded with photos of Marion's home on the 'Enchanted Hill.'

Books about or by Frances Marion:

How to Write and Sell Film Stories by Frances Marion, 1937.

Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp, 1998.

Without Lying Down DVD, 2003.

The Women Who Write the Movies: From Frances Marion to Nora Ephron by Marsha McCreadie, 1994.

Does anyone participating in this Blogathon own any of these books! If so I would love to hear your thoughts on them!

The Anti-Damsel Blogathon is hosted by Movies Silently and The Last Drive In. Be sure and check out all of the other fantastic posts!


  1. Thanks so much for joining in! Didn't Marion have an intriguing career? Dinner at Eight is just a masterpiece!

    1. Thanks for hosting! Sorry for such a short post.

  2. Very cool that she wrote a book on writing for film. I'll definitely add that to my wish list.

  3. Thanks to the link for Marion's book. A worthwhile addition to any film lover's library, I'll bet! :)

  4. I like the way you handled the absence of the documentary and the book. You still managed to give lots of useful information about a very important person.

    1. Thank you! I plan on watching the documentary again in Oct. and writing about her again.

  5. Thanks for joining us, and linking to the wonderful article.. She had Chutzpah alright! Cheers Joey from The Last Drive In