Luci Ward

Luci Ward (1907–1969) was an American screenwriter.[1] She mostly worked on B crime and Western films.

Luci Ward
Lucille Ward

November 30, 1907
DiedNovember 30, 1969 (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Other namesBrooks Nevins
Years active1936–1967
Spouse(s)Jack Natteford


Luci was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, the daughter of Edgar Ward and Lucille Pipes. She had a brother, Royce, and two step-siblings from her father's second marriage (her mother died when she was young).

Ward began her career as a secretary to First National executives[2] and screenwriters (including Ben Markson)[3] before becoming a script girl.[4] Later, she got a chance to pen her own scripts. She also wrote articles for publications like Cosmopolitan, sometimes using the pen name Brooks Nevins.[5]

She testified at a National Labor Relations Board hearing that she was hired as a stenographer at Warner Brothers for $25 a week and wasn't given a raise when she was promoted to screenwriter. Warner Brothers then hired her a personal secretary at $32.50 a week.[6]

She was married to fellow screenwriter Jack Natteford and co-wrote several films with him.[7]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Pitts p.105
  2. ^ "16 May 1937, 25 - The Missoulian at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. ^ "24 Oct 1935, Page 18 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  4. ^ "11 May 1937, Page 12 - The Evening News at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  5. ^ "25 Jun 1934, 11 - The San Francisco Examiner at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  6. ^ "24 Aug 1939, Page 15 - The Amarillo Globe-Times at". Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  7. ^ "24 Feb 1957, Page 2 - Valley News at". Retrieved 2019-02-16.


  • Jill Nelmes & Jule Selbo. Women Screenwriters: An International Guide. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • Pitts, Michael R. Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films. McFarland, 2012.

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