Geraghty family photographs
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- circa 1920-1934, undated
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Geraghty started in the newspaper industry as editor of the Rushville Republican, before moving to New York City to work for the New York Herald. He switched careers and entered the film industry, starting as a scenario writer. The family moved to Hollywood, California. Geraghty worked closely with actor, director, screenwriter, and producer Douglas Fairbanks and became a well-known screenwriter and movie producer.
At the start of World War II, he was producing films in Great Britain, prompting his return to the United States. He became the head of the Hollywood censorship bureau of the Office of War Information after the U.S. joined the war. Geraghty died on June 5, 1945 in Hollywood and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.
Three of the 4 children made names for themselves in the film industry. Carmelita Geraghty (1901-1966) became a leading actress by 1925, starring in Alfred Hitchcock's first film as well as over 70 other motion pictures, and married Carey Wilson (1886-1962), a writer for Metron-Goldwyn Mayer, on May 1, 1934, with fellow actress Jean Harlow as her maid of honor. She retired from film in 1936 and became a successful painter.
Gerald Geraghty (1906-1954) began his career as a screenwriter in 1930, specializing in Westerns. He worked for most studios in his career before his death from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 48. Maurice (1908-1987) also became a film writer and worked on numerous westerns as well as TV shows, and eventually directed and produced them. He wrote the script for Elvis Presley's first film, Love Me Tender (1956).
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Findagrave.com. "Carmelita Geraghty." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6657775/carmelita-geraghty.
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"Maurice Geraghty." IMDb.com. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0313884.
"Obituaries: Gerald Geraghty." Variety, July 14, 1954, 71. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://archive.org/details/variety195-1954-07/page/n136/mode/1up?view=theater.
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Wikipedia. "Carmelita Geraghty." Wikipedia.org. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmelita_Geraghty.
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