Arthur Wimperis

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Arthur Wimperis (born December 3, 1874 in London , † October 14, 1953 in Maidenhead , Berkshire , England ) was a British librettist , songwriter and screenwriter .


Arthur Wimperis attended Dulwich College and University College London . After his military service in the Second Boer War (1899–1902) he worked as a librettist for operettas . Together with Mark Ambient, Alexander M. Thompson, Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot, he landed The Arcadians (1909), one of the greatest stage hits of the time of Edward VII. He later also translated German operettas into English, including The Girl in the Taxi based on The chaste Susanne .

After serving at the front in World War I , he returned to the stage and continued to write successful song lyrics. At the end of the 1920s he turned to British film, where he was henceforth involved in numerous screenplays as a writer, including particularly often in productions by Alexander Korda such as The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Catherine the Great (1934) and Four Springs (1939).

In 1940 he came to Hollywood , where he signed a contract with MGM . In 1943 he received two Oscar nominations in the category Best Adapted Screenplay for two films with Greer Garson : Found Years (1942) by Mervyn LeRoy and William Wyler's war drama Mrs. Miniver (1942), for which Wimperis finally the Oscar with Claudine West , George Froeschel and James Hilton received. Wimperis died in Maidenhead, England in 1953 at the age of 78.

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