Joan Harrison

Joan Harrison (June 26, 1907 - August 14, 1994) was an English film producer and screenwriter.


Born in Guildford, Surrey, Harrison studied at St Hugh's College, Oxford and reviewed films for the student newspaper. She also studied at the Sorbonne. In 1933 Harrison became the secretary of Alfred Hitchcock. Eventually she began reading books and scripts for him and became one of Hitchcock's most trusted associates. When Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in March 1939 to begin his contract with David O. Selznick to direct films, Harrison went with him as an assistant and writer.

She gained the title of screenwriter when she wrote the film Jamaica Inn (1939) based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Harrison continued writing screenplays for films Rebecca (1940), also adapted from a du Maurier novel, Foreign Correspondent (1940), Suspicion (1941), Saboteur (1942), Dark Waters (1944), and Nocturne (1946).

Harrison was an uncredited screenwriter for Ride the Pink Horse (1947) and Your Witness (1950). She also became a film producer, producing such films as Nocturne, Ride the Pink Horse (1947), and They Won't Believe Me (1947). Harrison worked in television with Hitchcock when she produced his TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Award nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series Notes
1941 Nominated Academy Award Best Writing, Screenplay Rebecca Shared with Robert E. Sherwood
Nominated Academy Award Best Writing, Original Screenplay Foreign Correspondent Shared with Charles Bennett


External links

{{Persondata Harrison, Joan |ALTERNATIVE NAMES= |SHORT DESCRIPTION= Film producer, screenwriter |DATE OF BIRTH= [[June 26], 1907 |PLACE OF BIRTH= Guildford, Surrey, England |DATE OF DEATH= August 14, 1994 |PLACE OF DEATH= London, England] at the Internet Movie Database

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