Schary, Dore

Schary, Dore

(1905–80) screenwriter, movie producer/director; born in Newark, N.J. Originally an actor, he turned to screenwriting in 1932, sharing an Oscar for Boys Town (1938). After holding various posts with several film companies, he became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's chief of production (1948–56) and when fired he went to New York to write and produce the play Sunrise at Campobello (1956). In subsequent years he worked in both the theater and films as a writer, director, and producer, and he held public offices such as national chairman of B'Nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League and Commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City. He was also outspoken and active in promoting liberal causes and was one of the few who openly resisted the blacklisting that occurred in the McCarthy era.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.