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William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He lives in New York City. is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is a person who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ...

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Biography

Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956. William Goldman had been estranged for many years from his brother, playwright James Goldman, before James's death in 1998.[citation needed] The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Incorporated City in 1869. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Oberlin College is a small liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, in the United States. ... Alma Mater Columbia University in the City of New York is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ... James Goldman (June 30, 1929 - October 28, 1998) was an American playwright, and screenwriter, and brother of William Goldman. ...


William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used as the foundation for his screenplays. In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood (in one of these he famously remarked that "Nobody knows anything"). He then returned to writing novels. He then adapted his novel The Princess Bride to the screen, which marked his re-entry into screenwriting. He is often called in as an uncredited script doctor on troubled projects.[citation needed] For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article is about the novel. ... A script doctor is a skilled screenwriter called in to assist a film project by rewriting parts of the screenplay to improve dialogue, pacing and other elements. ...


Goldman has won two Academy Awards: an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for All the President's Men. He has also won two Edgar Awards, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay: for Harper in 1967, and for Magic (adapted from his own 1976 novel) in 1979. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film that tells the story of bank robber Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (played by Robert Redford). ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... This article is about the 1976 film. ... The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. ... Mystery Writers of America is an organization for mystery writers, based in New York. ... Harper is a 1966 film written by William Goldman from a novel by Ross Macdonald. ... Magic is a 1978 film starring Anthony Hopkins and Ann-Margret. ...


He was married to Ilene Jones until their divorce in 1991. The couple had two daughters.


Autobiographical fiction

Simon Morgenstern is both a pseudonym and a narrative device invented by Goldman to add another layer to his novel The Princess Bride. He presents his novel as being an abridged version of a work by the fictional Morgenstern, an author from the equally fictional country of Florin. A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ...


The details of Goldman's life given in the introduction and commentary for The Princess Bride are also largely fictional. For instance, he says that his wife is a psychiatrist and that he was inspired to abridge Morgenstern's The Princess Bride for his only child, a son. (The Princess Bride actually originated as a bedtime story for Goldman's two daughters.) He not only treats Morgenstern and the countries of Florin and Guilder as real, but even claims that his own father was Florinese and had emigrated to America.


At one point in The Princess Bride, Goldman's commentary indicates that he had wanted to add a passage elaborating a scene skipped over by Morgenstern. He explains that his editors would not allow him to take such liberties with the "original" text, and encourages readers to write to his publisher to request a copy of this scene. Both the original publisher and its successor have responded to such requests with letters describing their supposed legal problems with the Morgenstern estate.


Goldman also wrote The Silent Gondoliers under the Morgenstern name. The Silent Gondoliers is a 1983 novel written by William Goldman, under the pseudonym of , about why the gondoliers of Venice, Italy no longer sing. ...


Career

According to Goldman's memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade, Goldman began writing when he took a creative writing course in college. He did not originally intend to become a screenwriter. His main interests were poetry, short stories, and novels. Crime and Punishment (Преступление и наказание) is a novel written in 1866 by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. ...


Miscellanea

  • Has a self-described obsession with height, and always wants to find out how tall actors and other famous people really are, going so far as to go into a pool with Sylvester Stallone to see how tall he was in bare feet.
  • Doesn't drive; claims he can't concentrate that long.
  • Wrote mostly serious, literary works until death of his first agent when he began writing thrillers starting with Marathon Man.
  • Researched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for eight years and used Harry Longbaugh (a variant spelling of the Sundance Kid's real name) as his pseudonym for No Way to Treat a Lady. After deciding he didn't want to write a cowboy novel, he turned the story into his first original screenplay and sold it for a record $400,000.
  • Doesn't like “bloodbath action” movies and spoofed them in Last Action Hero.
  • Turned down The Graduate (“didn't get the book”), The Godfather (loved the book, but didn't want to glamorise the Mafia) and Superman (a big comic fan, but he didn't want to write with a major movie star in the lead, as was the original plan, so they hired Mario Puzo).
  • William Goldman was referred to in Stephen King's 1986 novel It. In that book he is said to be the only good writer to ever go to Hollywood and remain good. Goldman later wrote the screenplays for King's novels Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, and Dreamcatcher.
  • Goldman is often quoted in Hollywood for his dictum about the uncertainties of show business, "Nobody knows anything."
  • In the DVD commentary for Fight Club, actor Edward Norton refers to William Goldman as one "ranting and raving about their own obsolescence" in reference to Goldman's criticism of the quality of modern films, particularly those of 1999, the year Fight Club was released.

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Credits

Broadway

James Goldman (June 30, 1929 - October 28, 1998) was an American playwright, and screenwriter, and brother of William Goldman. ... Original cast recording A Family Affair is a musical with a book by James and William Goldman, lyrics by James Goldman, and music by John Kander. ... John Harold Kander (born March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri) is the American composer of a series of musical theatre successes as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. ...

Screenplays (Produced)

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Screenplays (Unproduced)

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Television

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Novels

Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 poignant drama about an overweight Army sergeant (Jackie Gleason) and a country bumpkin private (Steve McQueen in an extremely uncharacteristic and animated comedic performance as a pre-Gomer Pyle country bumpkin). ... This article is about the novel. ... Marathon Man is a 1974 paranoid thriller novel by William Goldman that was made into a 1976 film directed by John Schlesinger. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Silent Gondoliers is a 1983 novel written by William Goldman, under the pseudonym of , about why the gondoliers of Venice, Italy no longer sing. ... The Color of Light is a novel by William Goldman, published in 1984. ... Brothers is a thriller novel by William Goldman. ...

Non-fiction and memoirs

  • The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway - 1969
  • The Story of 'A Bridge Too Far' - 1977
  • Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting - 1983
  • Wait Till Next Year (with Mike Lupica) -1988
  • Hype and Glory - 1990
  • Four Screenplays (1995)
    • Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, and Misery, with an essay on each
  • Five Screenplays (1997)
    • All the President's Men, Magic, Harper, Maverick, and The Great Waldo Pepper, with an essay on each
  • Which Lie Did I Tell? (More Adventures in the Screen Trade) - 2000
  • The Big Picture: Who Killed Hollywood? and Other Essays (2001)

Crime and Punishment (Преступление и наказание) is a novel written in 1866 by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. ... Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade is a work of non-fiction first published in 2000 by novelist and screenwriter William Goldman. ...

Children's books

  • Wigger (1974)

Other

  • New World Writing Number 17 (1960)
    • A collection of stories, poems and articles by several authors, with an 11-page story entitled "Da Vinci" by Goldman
  • The Craft of the Screenwriter by John Brady (1981)
    • Includes a profile on Goldman and a lengthy interview about his craft
  • The Movie Business Book by James E. Squire (Editor) (1992)
    • Includes an As Told By William Goldman piece
  • Writers on Directors by Susan Gray (1999)
    • Goldman has a piece on Rob Reiner in this book, and another on Norman Jewison
  • The First Time I Got Paid For It: Writers' Tales From the Hollywood Trenches (2000)
    • Introduction by Goldman
  • Goldman speaks candidly about his writing process in American Film Foundation's series Screenwriters: Words into Motion.

+ American Film Foundation is an award-winning production company based in Southern California. ...


References

  1. ^ Rich, Frank. 2005. [1]| ‘Don’t follow the money’], The New York Times, 12 June

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