|Born||Julian Herbert Rothschild
aka James Herbert Rothschild
October 3, 1899
Manhattan, New York
|Died||April 26, 1953
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Rian James (né Julian Herbert Rothschild; October 3, 1899 - April 26, 1953) was an American screenwriter and author. He wrote for 39 films between 1932 and 1947.
A "Jack of all trades", James was a columnist covering arts and entertainment for the Brooklyn Eagle from about 1928 to 1935. He later was a foreign correspondent, parachute jumper, stunt man, airmail pilot, Air Force lieutenant, vaudeville actor, and finally, writer, director and producer.
Several biographical sources state that James was born in Eagle Pass, Texas. But he was actually born in Manhattan, New York, October 3, 1899, to Alexander Walter Rothschild and Sophie Nusbaum. James died at age 53, from Leukemia, in Newport Beach, California. He was survived by wife Anne James (née Marina Alexeieff Zeitlin, known as Anne Andre; born 1919), an English actress, and children, Rian Jeffrey James and Victoria James. James' mother was a sister-in-law of songwriter Albert Von Tilzer.
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