Vera Caspary

Novelist and writer of screenplays


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Vera Caspary was an American writer, best known for her popular 1941 ‘pulp’ mystery novel, Laura. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, wrote twenty published novels and was also a prolific screenwriter for Hollywood films.

The 1944 film of Laura, directed by Otto Preminger and starring Gene Tierney in the title role, was nominated for an Oscar, and has become a classic. Caspary also received awards from the Screen Writers Guild in 1948 for A Letter to Three Wives and in 1967 for Les Girls.

In addition to her own writing, Caspary supported herself throughout her life by working as a stenographer, a copywriter, the director of a mail order school for ballet and writing courses, and the editor of Dance Magazine.