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Norman Krasna

Biography

Four-time Oscar nominated screenwriter who won the award in 1943 for penning the screenplay, Princess O’Rourke. He matriculated from Columbia College or university, and later went to Law school aswell. He once proved helpful at Macy’s to earn money while seeking his composing dreams. He wedded Ruth Frazee. Celebrity Olivia Havilland starred in his Oscar-winning film, Princess O’Rourke.

Quick Facts


Full Name Norman Krasna
Date Of Birth November 7, 1909
Died November 1, 1984, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Screenwriter
Education New York University, Columbia University
Nationality American
Spouse Erle Galbraith, Ruth Frazee
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement
Nominations Academy Award for Best Story, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Comedy, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Musical, BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay
Movies White Christmas, Indiscreet, Princess O'Rourke, Let's Make Love, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Devil and Miss Jones, Fury, Sunday in New York, The Ambassador's Daughter, The Big Hangover, Bachelor Mother, My Geisha, Dear Ruth, Who Was That Lady?, The Richest Girl in the World, The Flame of New Orleans, It Started with Eve, Clash by Night, Wife vs. Secretary, Bundle of Joy, John Loves Mary, You and Me, Hands Across the Table, It's a Date, The King and the Chorus Girl, The Lusty Men, Behave Yourself!, The Blue Veil, I'd Rather Be Rich, Practically Yours, Big City, Bride by Mistake, Four Hours to Kill!, So This Is Africa, Meet the Baron, Parole Girl, The First Hundred Years, Two Tickets to Broadway, Love, Honor, and Oh Baby!, Bombshell, Dear Wife, Three Loves Has Nancy, That's My Boy, As Good as Married, Hollywood Speaks, The Countess of Monte Cristo
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Ex-brother-in-law of Jane Frazee.
2Krasna had lost his hair at an early age, and was somewhat touchy about his baldness. When he met someone with a full head of hair, he often contemptuously referred to "that unsightly growth on your head".
3According to a biographer, he became an expert at writing the "wisecrack" movie. His scripts were full of cute, funny one-liners that summed up humorous situations.
4Spouse Erle Chennault Galbraith was the widow of Al Jolson.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Indiscreet1988TV Movie earlier screenplay / play
La comedia1984TV Series play - 1 episode
La comedia del domingo1972TV Series 1 episode
Ein netter Herr1966TV Movie
I'd Rather Be Rich1964
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV Series play - 1 episode
Sunday in New York1963play / screenplay
My Geisha1962screenplay / story
Ça va être ta fête1960
Let's Make Love1960written for the screen by
Who Was That Lady?1960play "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" / written by
Indiscreet1958play "Kind Sir" / screenplay
Bundle of Joy1956screen play
The Ambassador's Daughter1956written by
Lux Video Theatre1956TV Series original screenplay - 3 episodes
White Christmas1954written for the screen by
Grande Teatro Tupi1952TV Series story - 1 episode
The Big Hangover1950
Dear Wife1949characters
John Loves Mary1949play
Dear Ruth1947play
Practically Yours1944
Bride by Mistake1944story
Princess O'Rourke1943written by
It Started with Eve1941screenplay
The Flame of New Orleans1941written by
The Devil and Miss Jones1941written by
Mr. & Mrs. Smith1941story and screenplay
It's a Date1940screen play
Bachelor Mother1939screen play
You and Me1938based on a story by
The First Hundred Years1938original story
Big City1937based on the original story by
As Good as Married1937story
The King and the Chorus Girl1937
Fury1936based on a story by
Wife vs. Secretary1936screen play
It Had to Happen1936contributing writer - uncredited
Hands Across the Table1935screen play
Reckless1935contributing writer - uncredited
Four Hours to Kill!1935play "Small Miracle" / screenplay
Romance in Manhattan1935from a story by
The Richest Girl in the World1934story and screenplay
The Countess of Monte Cristo1934contributing writer - uncredited
Meet the Baron1933story
Bombshell1933additional writer - uncredited
Love, Honor and Oh Baby!1933uncredited
So This Is Africa1933screenplay
Parole Girl1933screenplay / story "Dance of the Millions" - uncredited
That's My Boy1932screenplay
Hollywood Speaks1932screenplay / story

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who Was That Lady?1960producer
The Ambassador's Daughter1956producer
The Lusty Men1952producer - uncredited
Clash by Night1952producer - uncredited
Two Tickets to Broadway1951producer - uncredited
The Blue Veil1951producer
Behave Yourself!1951producer
The Big Hangover1950producer
The Devil and Miss Jones1941associate producer - uncredited
Three Loves Has Nancy1938producer
The First Hundred Years1938producer
Big City1937producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ambassador's Daughter1956
The Big Hangover1950
Princess O'Rourke1943

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Clash by Night1952presenter
The Devil and Miss Jones1941presenter

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats1979TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Laurel Award for Screen Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
1944OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayPrincess O'Rourke (1943)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalLet's Make Love (1960)· Hal Kanter
1959WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American ComedyIndiscreet (1958)
1942OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayThe Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
1937OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original StoryFury (1936)
1935OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original StoryThe Richest Girl in the World (1934)


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