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Emmet Godfrey Lavery, American writer award forMagnificent Yankee television prodn. Member Screen Writers Guild(president 1945-1947), Motion Picture Academy Arts and Sciences (vice president 1946).


Lavery, Emmet Godfrey was born on November 8, 1902 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Son of James A. and Katharine T. (Gilmartin) L. Bachelor of Laws, Fordham University, 1924.


Bachelor of Laws, Fordham University, 1924. Doctor of Humane Letters, Mount St. Paul College, 1968.


Bar: New York 1925; city editor Poughkeepsie Sunday Courier, 1925-1935. Visiting lecturer drama Fordham University, 1939. Research grant drama fromRockefeller Foundation at Vassar, 1940, heading research staff for Hallie Flanagan's history of Federal Theatre, Arena.

Resident playwright at Smith College on grant from Rockefeller Foundation, 1942. Writer for stage and screen, 1935-1985. Stage plays include The First Legion (translations into14 languages, now sole proprietor film and stage rights), 1934, Monsignor'sHour, 1935, Second Spring (life of Cardinal Newman), 1938, The Magnificent Yankee, 1946, on tour, 1947, Tarquin, 1950, Fenelon (stage play, Basle), 1956, Hail to the Chief, 1958, American Portrait, 1958, Dawn's Early Light, 1959, Ladies of Soissons, 1964.

Screen plays include Hitler's Children (dramatization of Gregor Ziemer's Education for Death), 1942, Behind the Rising Sun (dramatization of book by James R.Young), 1943, Guilty of Treason, 1950, The First Legion, 1951, The Magnificent Yankee, 1951, Bright Road, 1953 (adaptation See How They Run), The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (collaboration) (Oscar nomination), 1955, Williamsburg, 1957. Writer television script Prairie Lawyer, National Broadcasting Company-television, 1975. Published plays: Brother Petroc's Return (from English novel by S.M.C.), 1940.

Kamiano (Damien) (with Grace Murphy) in trilogyTheatre for Tomorrow, 1940. Murder in a Nunnery (based on novel by Eric Shepherd), 1944. Brief Music, 1940; The Gentleman from Athens, 1948.

Song at the Scaffold (adaptation from novel by Gertrud von le Fort), 1949. Yankee Doodles (ballet), 1964. Writer, producer El Dorado (folk ballet), 1968.

War Department made arrangements, 1947, 48, for special production The First Legion and the Magnificent Yankee in Austria as part of re-education program. Co-licensor opera Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc). A founder National Catholic Theatre Conference, 1937.

Director National Service Bureau Federal Theater, 1937-1939. Chairman Hollywood Writers Mobilization, 1944-1945. President board aldermen, Poughkeepsie, 1929-1933.

Member Joint Commission Fair Judicial Election Practices California, 1976.


  • Bar: New York 1925.


President board aldermen Poughkeepsie, 1929—1933. Member Joint Commission Fair Judicial Election Practices California, 1976. Member of Society Authors & Dramatists, American Bar Association (Gavel award 1965), Dramatists Guild, Authors League, Motion Picture Academy Arts & Sciences (vice president 1946), Screen Writers Guild (president 1945-1947), Newman, Poughkeepsie Tennis, The Players.


Married Genevieve E. Drislane, November 3, 1925. Children: Emmet, Elizabeth.

James A. Bachelor of Laws

Katharine T. (Gilmartin) L. Bachelor of Laws

Genevieve E. Drislane

Emmet Lavery

Elizabeth Lavery