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Lamar Trotti

Lamar Trotti
Born Lamar Jefferson Trotti
(1900-10-18)October 18, 1900
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Died August 28, 1952(1952-08-28) (aged 51)
Oceanside, California, US
Occupation Writer, screenwriter
Years active 1933–1952

Lamar Jefferson Trotti (October 18, 1900 – August 28, 1952) was an American screenwriter, producer, and motion picture executive.

Early life and education

Trotti was born in Atlanta, Georgia, US.[1] He became the first graduate of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, when he received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ) in 1921.[2] While at UGA, he was the editor of the independent student newspaper The Red and Black.[1]

Professional career

In the silent film era, he was a reporter for the daily Atlanta Georgian, where he interviewed many show business people, such as Viola Dana. Later, Trotti became an executive at Fox Film Corporation in 1933 and after its 1935 merger with Twentieth Century Pictures to become 20th Century Fox, he remained with the company until his death. He wrote about fifty films for the studio, producing many of them. He only wrote one screenplay for another studio, You Can't Buy Everything (1934) for MGM.

He won an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay in 1944 for Wilson and was nominated for Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) and There's No Business Like Show Business (1952). He received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, the lifetime achievement award of the WGA, in 1983.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b Beck, Kay. "Lamar Trotti (1900–1952)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council. Retrieved January 19, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Grady College History". Athens, Georgia: Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia. Retrieved January 19, 2008. 

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