SCREENPLAY BY: Virginia Kellogg

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There isn’t a whole lot of information about Virginia Kellogg out there, but the information I got was enough for me to want to include her in the SCREENPLAY BY series. She has 7 credits to her name, 2 Oscar nominations and a crazy story for the sake of research.

Virginia Kellogg was born in Los Angeles in 1907. After graduating from high school, she got a job working as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. In 1926, she started working as a script girl and secretary for director Clarence Brown, and by the early 1930s, she was a scenarist for Paramount. Her first credit came in 1931 with The Road to Reno (dir. Richard Wallace) and in 1933, she wrote Mary Stevens, M. D. (dir. Lloyd Bacon). Four years later, she wrote Stolen Holiday (1937) for Michael Curtiz, and around this time, she was also writing radio plays and magazine articles. In 1947, she wrote T-Men (dir. Anthony Mann) with John C. Higgins, whom I covered here. In 1949, she received her first Oscar nomination in the now-defuct category Best Story for White Heat (dir. Raoul Walsh), followed by her second nomination in the same category for Caged (1950, dir. John Cromwell). As research for Caged, one of the most iconic films set in a women’s prison, Kellogg was incarcerated with a false conviction of embezzlement with the help of the authorities (!) and she ended up serving time in four prisons. Talk about dedication to your craft!

Her last credit came in 1956 with Screaming Eagles (dir. Charles F. Haas) and in 1981, she passed away at the age of 73.

6 thoughts on “SCREENPLAY BY: Virginia Kellogg

  1. Samantha Ellis

    I love learning about female screenwriters! I feel like I’m finding more and more of them lately. This one seems particularly wonderful, as she was involved in some of my favorite movies. I wish more was known about her!

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  2. Mike Noonan

    Thanks so much Carol. All new to me. Like 99.9 percent of the population I wasn’t familiar with her. Amazing that she went to prison for research. Would make a great movie,

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