Jay Presson Allen (Jacqueline Presson)

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San Angelo, Texas, USA
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The charms of the profession soon paled and she married in the early 1940s, moving to southern California.

Disenchanted with acting, she saw writing as a way of becoming financially independent and enabling to leave her unhappy marriage. Read more...