link-picture-2.jpg Née Frances Evelyn Maynard

b. 10 December 1861, Berkeley Square (St George’s Hanover registration district), London, England

d. 26 July 1938

Scenario writer

Also known by the nickname of Daisy, Frances married Francis Richard Charles Guy Greville, 5th Earl of Warwick in Westminster Abbey on 30 April 1881.

Lady Warwick’s first scenario was for The Eleventh Commandment (1913), although Denis Gifford and the BFI’s Film and TV Database credit this to Samuel M. Gluckstein. Lady Warwick also wrote The Great Pearl Affair (not listed in Gifford’s British Film catalgoue) In 1925 her daughter Lady Mercy Greville married the producer Basil Dean (they divorced in 1933). According to Lant, Warwick Castle was consequently often made available for location shooting.


Interview with Frances, Countess of Warwick, Bioscope, 18 September 1913, p. 891 and p. 893.

‘Countess and Cinema’, Film Censor, 24 September 1913, p. 2. [‘A new authoress and a new setting for English films. The Countess of Warwick, will write plays for Messrs. Barker and Kisch and Warwick Castle her own estate of Easton’].

‘Lady Warwick as Author of Film-Plays’, Sketch, 24 September 1913, p. 359.

Anand, Sushila, Daisy: The Life and Loves of the Countess of Warwick (London: Piakus, 2008).

Lant, Antonia with Ingrid Perez, eds., Red Velvet Seat: Women’s Writings on the First Fifty Years of Cinema (London: Verso, 2006), p. 787.

Warwick, Countess of, Life’s Ebb and Flow(New York: William Morrow, 1929).

Warwick, Countess of, Afterthoughts (London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1931).


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