August 21, 2003 by

True Boardman

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Categories: Actors, Hollywood, Writers/Editors

True Eames Boardman, a child star-turned-screenwriter, died on July 29 of cancer. He was 93.
Born in Seattle in 1909, Boardman was the only child of actress Virginia Eames and action-adventure star True Boardman. By the time he was 13 years old, he had already appeared in a dozen movies, including the Charlie Chaplin film, “Shoulder Arms.”
Boardman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Spanish from UCLA, and a master’s in theater from Occidental College. He worked as the chief writer for Lux Radio Theater until World War II began. Then he volunteered for the Army and worked on the Armed Forces Radio Services.
In the 1950s and ’60s, Boardman wrote for television shows like “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke” and “Perry Mason.” He also wrote scripts for several films, including “Pardon My Sarong” and “The Painted Hills.”
Boardman’s autobiography, “When Hollywood and I Were Young,” was published by the Library of Congress Press. He received the Valentine Davies Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 1993.

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