Gerald Breckenridge (c. 1889-1964) was a writer of some minor success. He began his writing career as a reporter with the Kansas City Star. His work as a reporter took him to papers in New York City, Buffalo, New York, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1916, Breckenridge joined the New York Telegram, where he originated the “Inquiring Reporter” series, a man-on-the-street interview format for the paper. He later became City Editor for the Telegram.
In the early 1930's, according to his obituary in the New York Times, Breckenridge joined R.K.O. Studios as publicist; he remained there until the end of World War II. Apparently Breckenridge's assignments did not require his presence full time in Hollywood. Breckenridge married writer Lella Warren in January of 1936. It was during their marriage that Breckenridge worked in New Orleans. The marriage served as the basis for Warren's short story, “Pay Day.” Following their marriage and before moving to New Orleans, the Breckenridge's lived in Clayton, Alabama, while Warren worked on her novel Foundation Stone.
While Breckenridge was credited for his assistance in Warren's novel, the strain of two writers in the family was too great. The marriage ended in divorce in 1940. Following the divorce from Warren, Breckenridge married Helen Marshal of New Orleans. In 1945 Gerald and Helen Breckenridge established residency in Virginia.
Gerald Breckenridge died in Richmond,Virginia August 5, 1964.