John Sanford (Julian Lawrence Shapiro)

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Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Born Julian Lawrence Shapiro on 31 May 1904 in Harlem, John Sanford was a descendant of Russian immigrants, and trained as a lawyer, practising with his father, Philip. A chance encounter with a childhood friend, Nathanael West caused him to change his focus to writing. Abandoning his New York law practice, he published several short stories in literary journals, and then headed west for Hollywood. While a contract screenwriter at Paramount, he met and married Marguerite Roberts who was a screenwriter at MGM. Read more...