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John Monk Saunders Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JOHN MONK SAUNDERS
Born: November 22, 1897 in Hinckley, Minnesota
Died: March 11, 1940 in Ft. Myers, Florida
Biography | show moreshow less
John Saunders (1897-1940), a veteran of the US Flying Corps from World War I, became a journalist and short story writer. Many of his stories reflected his wartime experience and were adapted into lively action films with rich characterization and a subtly anti-war perspective. His short story Wings was turned into the film which won the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture 1927-1928. Another celebrated film, The Dawn Patrol, won him an Oscar for Best Story (1930-1931). He was the first husband of actress Fay Wray (1928-1939); they had a daughter. The character Nikki in The Last Flight (1931), a story of disillusioned American flyers living in Paris in the 1920s, is said to be modeled on Wray, who even played the role in a stage version. Unhappy after his divorce from Wray, Saunders committed suicide in 1940.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
Theater Credits
Nikki - Other (September 29, 1931 - October 31, 1931), Romance - Performer (March 28, 1921 - May 1921)

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