Valentine Davies Biography (1905-1961)

Born August 25, 1905, in New York, NY; died of a heart attack, July 23, 1961,in Malibu, CA; son of J. Clarence (a realtor) and Rosalie (Loewi) Davies; married Elizabeth Strauss, October 9, 1926; children: John Phillips, Judith Clare. Career: Writer, director, and producer. Served as vice president and member of board of directors for the Motion Picture Relief Fund; served aspresident and member of board of directors for the Permanent Charities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry; served as president of the ScreenwritersGuild. Military service: U.S. Coast Guard, served during World War II; became lieutenant. Awards, Honors: Academy Award, best writing of anoriginal story, 1947, for Miracle on 34th Street; Academy Award nomination, best writing of a motion picture story, 1949, for It Happens EverySpring; Academy Award nominations, best writing of original story and best screenplay, both 1954, for The Glenn Miller Story; Academy Award nomination, best documentary short subject, 1956, for The House without a Name..

Writer, director, producer
Birth Details
August 25, 1905
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
July 23, 1961
Malibu, California, United States

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