Lenore Jackson Coffee (13 July 1896, San Francisco – 2 July
1984, Woodland Hills, California) was an American screenwriter, playwright and
Coffee began her career when she answered an ad requesting a
screen story for the actress Clara Kimball Young and was awarded a one-year
contract at $50 a week.
She was twice nominated for an Academy Award for best
Adapted Screenplay. The first time was for Street of Chance in 1929/30, adapted
from the story by Oliver H. P. Garrett, in collaboration with Howard Estabrook;
and the second was with Julius J. Epstein in 1938 for Four Daughters, based on
Fannie Hurst's novel, Sister Act.
Coffee was married to writer and director William J. Cowen,
and one of her ancestors was U.S. General John Coffee, Chief of Staff to Andrew
Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1814.