Fanya “Foss” Lawrence (October 4, 1904 in Odessa, Odes'ka, Ukraine - December 12, 1995 in
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California) was a screenwriter, poet, and novelist. Born in Odessa, Russia, Fanya grew up in New York City.
"Fanya" by Alice Neel (1930)
Untitled (Woman (Fanya Foss) with a Cat) by Alice Neel (1932)
"Fanya Foss" by Alice Neel (1938)
Fanya wrote screenplays, teleplays, a novel ("Ask No Return"), a play ("Adam Ate the Apple"), poety, and magazine articles.
In 1942, Fanya married Marc Lawrence, a character actor known for playing underworld types. They had two children, Michael and Toni.
Her screenwriting credits include:
1940 Girls Under 21 (original screenplay)
1941 Affectionately Yours (from the story by)
1941 The Richest Man in Town (screenplay)
1941 The Stork Pays Off (original screenplay)
1943 Hi Ya, Sailor (suggested by a story by - as Fanya Lawrence)
1945 Why Girls Leave Home (screenplay)
1958 Ivanhoe (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Treasures from Cathay (1958)
1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958)
1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Ricochet (1959)
1961 The Rifleman (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Score Is Even (1961)
1961 Lawman (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Prodigal Mother (1961)
1965 Nightmare in the Sun (screenplay)
Fanya Foss Lawrence died of heart failure in Palm Springs, California. She is buried with her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.