Sy Bartlett biography

Sy Bartlett

Screenwriter, Film writer

1900 – 1978


Who was Sy Bartlett?

Sy Bartlett was an American author and screenwriter/producer of Hollywood films. Born Sacha Baraniev in Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States at the age of four and adopted the name Sidney Bartlett.

Sy Bartlett was born on July 10, 1900 in the Black Sea seaport of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1904, settling in Chicago. Bartlett attended Northwestern University and was trained at the Medill School of Journalism.

He worked as a newspaper reporter before moving to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. His first credited work was for RKO Studios in 1933 and he wrote 28 screenplays from 1933 to 1969. In the 1950s he became interested in producing films, and with film star Gregory Peck founded Melville Productions in 1956.

Bartlett enjoyed being a Hollywood socialite in the 1930s and was well known for the Sunday barbecues he frequently hosted. He was sometimes connected by tabloids to scandals on occasion, and married three times, each time to Hollywood actresses -- Alice White, Ellen Drew, and Patricia Owens. Of Jewish descent, Bartlett was understandably strongly anti-Nazi, once striking an employee of the German consulate in the face during a nightclub argument.

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Jul 10, 1900
Also known as
  • Sacha Baraniev
  • Cy Bartlett
  • Sidney S. Bartlett
  • Sidney Bartlett
  • Bartlett
  • United States of America
  • Ukraine
  • Northwestern University
Lived in
  • Mykolaiv
May 29, 1978

on July 23, 2013


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