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Talbot Jennings was born in Shoshone, Idaho, August 25, 1894, and graduated from Nampa, Idaho High School. After serving in the Army in World War I, he attended the University of Idaho where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1924 and served as student body president and editor of both the university's yearbook and the university's literary publication. He earned a master's degree at Harvard University and then attended the Yale Drama School.Always known for his strong narrative skills, Jennings wrote for the stage, screen, and television in his career, with much of his Hollywood career spent at MGM. He proved himself equally adept in various genres, including historical costume dramas and westerns, and was nominated twice for the Academy Award.Jennings received an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho in 1939 and remained a friend of the university throughout his lifetime, supporting the university's efforts to expand the library in the 1950s and donating hundreds of books, as well as his personal script collection, to the library itself.

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