Sonya Levien


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Sonya Levien (December 25, 1888 – March 19, 1960) was a Russian screenwriter. She wrote for 72 films between 1921 and 1962. She won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay in 1955 for the film Interrupted Melody.

She was born in Russia and died in Hollywood, California. more »

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  • ''True, we're not great thieves, like the nobles. Our robberies are petty compared to the wholesale plunder of the nation.''
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Clopin (Thomas Mitchell), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to Gringoire, as they watch Q...
  • ''Good intentions are not enough. They've never put an onion in the soup yet.''
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Clopin (Thomas Mitchell), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, at Gringoire's "trial" at the...
  • ''[Love is] to be two and at the same time one.''
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to Gringoire on their "wedd...
  • ''Small things have a way of overmastering the great.... This small press can destroy a kingdom.''
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as he and the king are v...
  • ''The ugly is very appealing to man.... It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror.''
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. King Louis XI (Harry Davenport), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, commenting on the crow...
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