Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.

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 8 novels, 3 books of verse, 5 plays and over 50 screenplays including 8 for Cecil B. DeMille. He received the Boxoffice Magazine Award twice, for "Samson and Delilah" (1949)[clarification needed] 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.

World War II

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. He organised the Army School of Film Training at the Signal Corps Photographic Centre where writers were trained to script training films for every branch of the military service.


Returning from three and a half years of overseas duty, Lasky resumed his writing career with books, plays, and films. Jesse lectured on creative writing and Hollywood history at many universities in the United States and England, including The Oxford Union. He also served as Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, Screen Branch.

In 1962, he and his wife, Pat Silver, moved to London. They also lived part of the year in Southern Spain, and travelled extensively. Jesse was a member of The Garrick Club and The Company of Military Historians.

Lasky died on April 11, 1988.


Lasky was painted by Tsuguharu Foujita at the age of 17, during a trip to Paris with his mother, Bessie Lasky. A copy of this picture appears on page 180 in Lasky's autobiography, Whatever Happened To Hollywood?, published by Funk & Wagnalls in 1975.


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