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Alan Campbell was an actor, short story writer, and a screenwriter. He began his career acting in school, then on Broadway, appearing in productions such as Show Boat and Design for Living. His writing took off when his stories were printed in The New Yorker, and more importantly when he teamed up with his famed wife, Dorothy Parker, to write Hollywood screenplays. The couple produced over 20 scripts made into movies. The couple was married from 1933 to 1947, and again from 1950 until 1963. Campbell completed projects with other writers as well, including George S. Kaufman.
Alan Campbell, Country Life in Bucks County- The Alan Campbells, n.d. Photograph of Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell at Fox House, Pipersville, Pennsylvania. The Daily Intelligencer Morgue. Courtesy of the Spruance Collection of the Bucks County Historical Society.
Education and Training
Virginia Military Institute, B.S., Civil Engineering, early 1920s
Early theater training: Costume Department, Shubert Theater; Eve le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theater
Teachers and Influences
Dorothy Parker (married 1933-47 and 1950-63), Eve le Gallienne, George S. Kaufman
Connection to Bucks County
Alan Campbell and his wife Dorothy Parker bought a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania at the suggestion of Laura and writer S.J. Perelman. They purchased Fox House Farm on Mt. Airy Road in Tinicum Township in 1939. The house required major renovations which the Campbells waited out at the Water Wheel Inn near Doylestown and the Cuttalossa Inn near Lumberville. Alan Campbell's mother maintained a residence in Point Pleasant in Bucks County. Alan and Dorothy entertained the New York and Hollywood literati living in Bucks County.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman, George S. and Beatrice Kaufman, Moss Hart, John Wexley, Joseph Schrank, Nathanael West, Budd Schulberg, Ruth and Augustus Goetz.
Alan Campbell, Photograph of Fox House, Pipersville, Pennsylvania, The Daily Intelligencer, n.d. Courtesy of the Spruance Collection of the Bucks County Historical Society.
Screenplays Written with Wife, Dorothy Parker
Here is My Heart, 1934
One Hour Late, 1935
Big Broadcast of 1936, 1935
Mary Burns, Fugitive, 1935
Hands Across the Table, 1935
Paris in Spring, 1935
Three Married Men, 1936
Lady Be Careful, 1936
The Moon's Our Home, 1936
Suzy, MGM, 1936
A Star is Born, 1937
Crime Takes a Holiday, 1938
Trade Winds, 1938
Flight To Nowhere, 1938
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, 1939
Weekend For Three, 1941
A Gentle Gangster, 1943
Mr. Skeffington, 1944
The Fan, 1949
The Lipstick War, 1956, with George S.Kaufman, unproduced musical
The New Yorker, contributor
Major Theatre Performances
The Furies, 1928
Design for Living
The Vinegar Tree
The Joyous Season, 1934
Academy Award Nomination, Best Screenplay, Alan Campbell, Robert Carson, and Dorothy Parker, A Star is Born, 1937
Academy Award, Best Original Writing, William A. Wellman and Robert Carson, A Star is Born
Affiliations and Memberships
Campbell and Parker supported the founding of the Bucks County Playhouse and contributed a small sum toward the project.
Dorothy Parker and Allan Campbell
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