Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.

Jesse Louis Lasky, Jr. (September 19, 1910 – April 11, 1988) was an American screenwriter. Jesse Louis Lasky, Jr. was the son of film pioneer, Jesse Lasky, Sr.. Jesse Jr. was born on Broadway in 1910 and grew up in Hollywood, New York City, England, and France. Lasky attended Blair Academy, the Hun School of Princeton, and the University of Dijon, France, where he received a degree in literature. After winning awards for poetry at the age of 17, he began writing professionally. Lasky wrote eight novels, three books of verse, five plays and over 50 screenplays including eight for Cecil B. DeMille. He received the Boxoffice Magazine Award twice, for "Samson and Delilah" (1949) and "The Ten Commandments" (1956), and the Christopher Award from the Catholic Church. His writing took him from Hollywood to London, Rome, Austria, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and France. During World War II, Lasky served as a Captain commanding Combat Photographic Units of the Signal Corps in 4 campaigns in the Southwest Pacific, and was decorated by General MacArthur.


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