Sarah Y. Mason
Mason in 1920
Sarah Yeiser Mason

March 31, 1896
Pima, Arizona, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 1980(1980-11-28) (aged 84)
Years active1918–1949
(m. 1921)

Sarah Y. Mason (March 31, 1896 – November 28, 1980) was an Academy Award winning American screenwriter and script supervisor.[1]


Mason was born Sarah Yeiser Mason in Pima, Arizona. She and her husband Victor Heerman won the Academy Award for best screenplay adaptation for their adaptation for the 1933 film Little Women, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.

After that success, she and Heerman were the first screenwriters involved in early, never-produced scripts commissioned for what would become MGM's Pride and Prejudice (1940 film).[2] Mason's career is also notable as she was the very first script supervisor in Hollywood, having invented the craft of film continuity when the industry switched from silent film to talkies.[3][4][5]

She and Heerman married in 1921. She died at age 84 in Los Angeles and was cremated. Victor and Sarah had two children, Catharine Anliss Heerman, an artist and teacher of art in Southern California who was previously married to record producer Lester Koenig;[6] and Victor, Jr., a successful breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.[7] The Academy Award for Little Women remains with the family.

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  1. ^ Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001). Silent Film Necrology. McFarland, ISBN 9780786410590
  2. ^ Looser, Devoney (2017). The Making of Jane Austen. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-1421422824.
  3. ^ Schallert, Edwin (February 4, 1929). Wow of a sound film on screen. Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ Staff report (April 7, 1929). Rivoli To Have 'Fancy Baggage.' Baltimore Sun
  5. ^ The Official Tumblr of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. "Sarah Y. Mason Seen Here at the Typewriter
  6. ^ "Biography: Catharine Aanliss Heerman(February 5, 1922 - April 4, 2007) by John Koenig November 24, 2007
  7. ^ Daily Racing Forum: "Heerman, prominent bloodstock agent, dies at 89" July 11, 2014