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Marion, Franceslocked

(18 November 1888–12 May 1973)
  • Cari Beauchamp

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Marion, Frances (18 November 1888–12 May 1973), screenwriter, was born Marion Benson Owens in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Len Douglas Owens, an advertising executive, and Minnie Hall, a pianist. Her parents were divorced when she was ten, and Marion lived with her mother. She was suspended from elementary school when she was twelve for drawing satiric pictures of her teacher and was sent to St. Margaret’s Hall, a private boarding school in San Mateo. At sixteen, she transferred to the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco, affiliated with the University of California at Berkeley. The Art Institute was destroyed in the earthquake of 1906, as was much of her parents’ wealth, and in October of that year Marion married her nineteen-year-old art instructor, Wesley de Lappe. She worked as an artist, illustrator, assistant and model for the photographer ...

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