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Mortimer Offner

Mortimer Offner
Born 3 November, 1900
New York
Died September, 1965
New York
Nationality American

Mortimer Offner (3 November, 1900 – September, 1965) was an American photographer, political activist and screen writer. He created portraits of leading film stars before successfully moving to screenwriting. His career ended when he was blacklisted because he was a communist.


Offner was born in New York on 3 November 1900.[1] His parents were of Austrian descent and they ran a dressmaking business and lived with Mortimer's aunt on East 54th street. The household also included her brother Richard Offner and his cousin the eventual dancer and artist Stella Bloch.[2] Offner had a university education before he attended the Clarence White School of Photography. After trying acting he became a photographer taking portraits on Broadway.[3] Offner and his brother are credited with helping their cousin in launching her career.[2]

Offner's career was transformed when he was encouraged to move to Hollywood by the film actress

  1. ^ a b Mortimer Offner, Social Security Death Index, Retrieved 23 October 2015
  2. ^ a b Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947, Princeton University Library, Retrieved 23 October 2015
  3. ^ a b c Mortimer Offner,, Retrieved 23 October 2015
  4. ^ Elizabeth Kendall (1 January 2002). The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930's. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 77.  
  5. ^ Larry Ceplair; Steven Englund (January 1983). The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930-1960. University of California Press. pp. 399–400.  


Offner died in New York in September 1965.[1]

At the end of his career he had to work under a pseudonym.[3] Offner had a daughter Deborah Offner who is (2015) a successful actress.

His films were frequently adaptations of novels. He wrote ten screenplays for films. Offner was an activist for the communist party and this resulted in him losing work. Like many including his cousin's husband Edward Eliscu Mortimer moved away from Hollywood and returned to New York.[5]


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