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Howard Sackler (1929 to 1982), an American screenwriter and playwright, is best known for writing The Great White Hope (play: 1967; film: 1970). The Great White Hope enjoyed both a successful run on Broadway and, as a film adaptation, in movie theaters. James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander both starred in the original Arena Stage production of the the play in Washington, DC, then brought their roles to Broadway and later to the film version. Both Jones and Alexander received Academy Award nominations for their work in the movie. Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... The Great White Hope is a 1970 film which tells the fictionalized life story of boxing champion Jack Johnson (here called Jack Jefferson). ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla Township, Mississippi in Tate County) is among Americas best known African American film and stage actors. ... Jane Alexander (born October 28, 1939) is an American actress. ... The following is taken from the Arena Stage website: Arena Stage today stands as a flagship American theater. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

Born on December 19, 1929 in New York City, Sackler was the recipient of many awards and prestigious grants including both a Pulitzer Prize (1969), a Tony Award for Drama (1969), and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for The Great White Hope. Prior to this, Sackler won the Maxwell Anderson Award (1954) and Chicago's Sergel Award. In addition, he was the recipient of grants from both the Rockefeller Foundation and the Littauer Foundation.[1] The original production for The Great White Hope, produced at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, was substantially funded by two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.[2] The Broadway production, however, was funded, at least in part, by Sackler himself using $225,000 from his screenwriting proceeds for the film version.[3] December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... The Rockefeller Foundation is a charitable organization based in New York City. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ...

Sackler's work encompassed many other films and plays including the play Goodbye Fidel in 1980 and the films Jaws 2 in 1978 and Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire in 1953. His filmography also includes Gray Lady Down (1978) and Saint Jack (1979), which he co-wrote with Paul Theroux for Peter Bogdanovich. [4] According to the Internet Movie Database, Sackler wrote Quint's "Indianapolis" monologue for Jaws (1975), although this is apparently uncredited.[5] Jaws 2 (1978) is the first sequel to Jaws. ... Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928–March 7, 1999) was an American film director and producer, generally considered one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of his generation. ... Fear and Desire (1953) is a film by Stanley Kubrick about a team of soldiers trapped behind enemy lines in a fictional war. ... Gray Lady Down is a little-regarded 1978 disaster movie. ... Saint Jack is a 1973 fictional book by Paul Theroux and a 1979 film of the same name. ... Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Europe and South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as... Peter Bogdanovich Peter Bogdanovich (born July 30, 1939) is an American film director and writer, born in Kingston, New York. ... USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy. ... This article is about the film. ...

Sackler's plays have been produced throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. He also directed over 200 recordings for Caedmon Records, various theater productions, and an NBC television special entitled Shakespeare, Soul of an Age.[6] European redirects here. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center and is shown on basic cable in Canada. ... William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ...

On October 12, 1982, Sackler was found dead in his studio in Ibiza, Spain, where he lived for the better part of the year. According to his New York Times obituary, there was no evidence of foul play, although an autopsy was to be performed. He was 52 years old. Sackler, survived by his wife and two children, was working on Klondike, a farcical play about the Gold Rush, when he died.[7] October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag of Eivissa (Ibiza) Eivissa or Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea (), belonging to Spain. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... A California Gold Rush handbill A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. ...


  1. ^ Sackler, flyleaf
  2. ^ NEA
  3. ^ NYT
  4. ^ NYT
  5. ^ IMDb
  6. ^ Sackler, flyleaf
  7. ^ NYT


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Howard Sackler Manuscripts for The Great White Hope (200 words)
The adaptation by Howard Sackler of The Great White Hope from stage to screen is documented by this group of manuscripts dating from 1967 through 1969.
Sackler's play, based on the life of the controversial African-American boxer Jack Johnson, won all three major theatrical awards for 1969: the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Antoinette Perry Award.
Much of the material is undated, and was ordered according to Sackler's revisions and additions.
Jaws 2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (670 words)
Howard Sackler, who had contributed to the script of the original movie but chose not to seek arbitration, was charged with writing the first draft.
Since Steven Spielberg "wanted to move on to fresher climes", theatre director John Hancock was chosen to helm the picture.
Dorothy Tristan, Hancock's wife, was invited to rewrite Sackler's script.
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