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Subject: famous authors
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Asked by: killermunchkin-ga
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Posted: 10 Jan 2003 03:42 PST
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Question ID: 141127
which authors have written screen=plays and wha movies were they for?
which won academy awards for screenplays?
Subject: Re: famous authors
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 10 Jan 2003 05:19 PST
Hi killermunchkin-ga,

Thanks for your question. There have been a number of authors who
wrote screenplays for Hollywood.

Playwright and author, Maxwell Anderson was nominated for the
screenplay “All Quiet on the Western Front.” He also wrote such
screenplays as “Death Takes a Holiday” and the 1932 version of “Rain.”

Raymond Chandler, the famous of author of such books as “The Lady in
the Lake” and “The Big Sleep” and creator of the detective, Philip
Marlowe, co-wrote the screenplay to “Double Indemnity” with Billy
Wilder and wrote the original screenplay for “The Blue Dahlia.” Both
were nominated for Academy Awards.

Awards for Raymond Chandler,%20Raymond

James M. Cain, famous author, of “Mildred Pierce,” “The Postman Always
Rings Twice” and “Double Indemnity” (Chandler wrote the screenplay,
but Cain wrote the book) wrote various original stories and
contributed dialogue to films like “Algiers,” “When Tomorrow Comes,”
and “Stand Up and Fight.”

James M. Cain

James M. Cain,+James+M.

Charles Brackett, today remembered primarily for his teaming with
Hollywood great, Billy Wilder, got his start writing novels and
working for the New Yorker. He won several Academy Awards (3 for
screenplays) for “Titanic” (1953), “Sunset Blvd.” and “The Lost
Weekend.” He was nominated for more.

Charles Brackett,%20Charles

Charles Brackett,7621,BIO-P+82717%5EPV-06242002,00.html

Nobel laureate and novelist, William Faulkner, worked in Hollywood for
a time. He wrote the screenplay for Howard Hawks’ “The Big Sleep” and
co-wrote “To Have and Have Not” as well as a number of other films for
which he did not receive credit.

William Faulkner

Anita Loos, who is noted for writing the novel, “Gentlemen Prefer
Blondes,” acted as well. She submitted dozens of “scenarios” that were
made into silent movies to the studios and wrote a number of
screenplays as well. Some of these include “Saratoga,” “Blossoms in
the Dust” and “When Ladies Meet.” She worked on screenplays films like
“A Tree Goes in Brooklyn” and “Gigi,” for which she was not credited.

Anita Loos,+Anita

Dorothy Parker, member of the Algonquin Round Table, and noted
satirist, reviewer, and author, did her stint working for Hollywood as
well. She wrote or worked on screenplays such as “A Star is Born”
(1937), “Trade Winds” and “Weekend for Three.” She was nominated for
Oscars for her work on “A Star is Born” and “Smash-Up, the Story of a

Dorothy Parker,+Dorothy

Playwright William Saroyan wrote and won an award for Best Original
Screenplay for “The Human Comedy”

William Saroyan,+William

I hope this answers your question. If you need any additional
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chandler cain faulkner parker

Subject: Re: famous authors
From: probonopublico-ga on 10 Jan 2003 05:59 PST
Alistair MacLean (Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare)

Mario Puzo (Superman)

Edgar Wallace (King Kong)
Subject: Re: famous authors
From: journalist-ga on 10 Jan 2003 09:36 PST
Fannie Flagg - Fried Green Tomatoes (co-written)

Stephen King - various
Subject: Re: famous authors
From: persnickety-ga on 12 Jan 2003 00:43 PST
Graham Greene -- The Third Man
Subject: Re: famous authors
From: figure8out-ga on 22 Jan 2003 20:36 PST
Many notable authors and playwrights have won Academy Awards.  A
selective and subjective list, in no particular order:

John Irving, Cider House Rules

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Howard's End, A Room With A View

Peter Shaffer, Amadeus

William Goldman, All the President's Men (adaptation) and Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (original)

Ring Lardner, Jr.  M*A*S*H* (ironic because very little of his script
was used in the finished film), and Woman of the Year

Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons, Dr. Zhivago

Horton Foote, To Kill A Mockingbird

Dalton Trumbo, Roman Holiday (adaptation), Tender Mercies (original)

Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love

Paddy Chayefsky, Network, Hospital

Ben Hecht, The Scoundrel, Underworld

S.J. Perelman, Around the World in 80 Days

And the most unexpected:

George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion.  

John Irving and Mario Puzo are the only two authors, I think, to win
Oscars for screen adaptations of their own novels.

Fun question and great answers from the always astute Google
Subject: Re: famous authors
From: intotravel-ga on 13 Aug 2003 21:57 PDT
And F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote at least one:
Babylon Revisited: The Screenplay

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