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Photo of Felix JacksonJackson, Felix

(Hamburg 1902–Camarillo, California 1992)

Born as Felix Joachimson. Joachimson began his career as music and theater critic in Berlin, and took music lessons with Kurt Weill (about whom he later wrote an unpublished biography). As a writer of comedies such as "Barbara, die Lügnerin" and "Das hässliche Mädchen" he made a name for himself, and he began writing screenplays. After the premiere of Das hässliche Mädchen he was forced to leave the country—his name as writer and that of director Hermann Kosterlitz (later Henry Koster) having already been eliminated from the credits by the Nazis. He emigrated to Vienna and Budapest where he was signed by Joe Pasternak, a representative of Universal in Germany. In 1937 he emigrated to the US where he teamed up again with Pasternak and Koster in a highly successful series of films starring the teenager Deanna Durbin, including Mad About Music (1938), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), and Spring Parade (1940). Destry Rides Again with Marlene Dietrich and based on a script by Jackson—as he now called himself—was an overwhelming success. As a producer, Jackson continued his successful US career, and in that capacity was responsible for Christmas Holiday (dir. Robert Siodmak, 1944), Lady on a Train (1945) and Because of Him (1945). In the late 1940s he moved to New York and became a TV producer. In 1960, he became vice-president of NBC and was responsible for the programming of the entire Western US.

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