Friday, March 31, 2017

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" Actress Astrid Allwyn 1978 Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery

Astrid Allwyn (November 27, 1905 – March 31, 1978) was an American stage and film actress.

Early years

Allwyn was born Astrid Christofferson in South Manchester, Connecticut,[1] part of a family that included four sisters and a brother. When she was 3 years old, her family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts.[2]

At age 13, she sang well enough in a concert to be offered a scholarship to the Boston Conservatory of Music, but she declined rather than move away from her home. After finishing high school, she moved to New York, hoping for a career as a concert singer, but she ended up taking classes at a business college and becoming a typist for a business on Wall Street.[3]


Allwyn studied dancing and dramatics in New York and later joined a stock company. Allwyn made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Elmer Rice's Street Scene. On the strength of her performance in Once in a Lifetime, she was given film work. She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and began her screen career.[3]

In films, she often played the woman from whom the male star escaped, for example Charles Boyer's character's fiancée in the 1939 version of Love Affair or James Stewart's in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Personal life

Her first husband was actor Robert Kent; the two appeared together in the 1936 Shirley Temple film Dimples.[3] They married on January 10, 1937, in Tijuana, Mexico,[4] and were divorced in 1941. She remained married to second spouse Charles O. Fee until her death in 1978, at age 72. Two of their daughters, Melinda and Vicki, also became actresses.


On March 31, 1978, Allwyn died of cancer in Los Angeles, California.[5] She is buried at Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery

Partial filmography

Lady with a Past (1932)
Love Affair (1932)
The Girl From Calgary (1932)
Hello, Sister! (1933)
Servants' Entrance (1934)
Mystery Liner (1934)
One More Spring (1935)
Hands Across the Table (1935)
Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)
Follow the Fleet (1936)
Dimples (1936)

Stowaway (1936)

International Crime (1937)

Venus Makes Trouble (1937)
Love Affair (1939)
Miracles for Sale (1939)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Reno (1939)

Gangs of Chicago (1940)

City of Missing Girls (1941)

No Hands on the Clock (1941)
Melody for Three (1941)


1. "Hollywood Roundup". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. United Press. January 19, 1937. p. 7. 
2. Dietz, Edith (November 24, 1935). "Astrid Allwyn -- 'Child of the Stars'". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 75.
3. Smithson, E.J. (November 1937). "Actress by Accident". Hollywood. 26 (10): 41, 78. 
4. "Astrid Allwyn Bride of Robert Kent, Actor". The Evening Sun. Pennsylvania, Hanover. Associated Press. January 18, 1937. p. 8. 
5. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 34. ISBN 9780786409839.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"The Ritz Brothers" Entertainer Harry Ritz 1986 Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Harold Joachim (May 22, 1907 – March 29, 1986),[1] known professionally as Harry Ritz was an American actor and comedian. He was also the youngest of the Ritz Brothers.

Early life

Ritz was born Harold Joachim on May 22, 1907 in Newark, New Jersey. He was born the fourth of five children to parents Max, (December 1871–January 4, 1939) and Pauline Joachim, (May 1874–November 26, 1935). His father was born in Austria-Hungary and owned a haberdashery and his mother was born in Russia.[2]

Ritz was the brother to fellow comedians, (and future comedy partners), Al and Jimmy Ritz. He also had another brother named George who would become the future manager to the Ritz Brothers and had a sister named Gertrude Soll.[3]


Shortly after he graduated from high school in 1925, he and brothers Al and Jimmy decided to team up and form a song-and-comedy act called the Ritz Brothers. Harry and Jimmy chose the name "Ritz" following brother Al who entered vaudeville with that name after seeing it on the side of a laundry truck.[2] A typical act the brothers would have Harry standing in the middle singing The Man in the Middle Is the Funny One, a song written for them. The other two brothers would then take to berating Harry for occupying that favored spot and, as they screamed their displeasure, Harry would wander about bellowing "Don't holler--please don't holler."[4]

By 1930 they were playing the Palace where the headliner was Frank Fay and his bride, Barbara Stanwyck. They worked in Shubert shows for a time and in 1932 caught the attention of Earl Carroll who featured them in his Vanities that year. They were appearing at the old Clover Club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip when Darryl F. Zanuck reportedly caught the act and signed them to a contract. (Al had appeared earlier in a silent film, The Avenging Trail in 1918.)

The Ritz Brothers started their film career with 20th Century Fox in 1936, starring with Alice Faye in Sing, Baby, Sing. Later they were in One in a Million with Sonja Henie, The Three Musketeers with Don Ameche, Kentucky Moonshine and The Goldwyn Follies.[5]

The brothers left Fox in 1940 and went with rival studio Universal. The brothers quit after filming the movie "Never a Dull Moment" in 1943 to concentrate on club dates. 

The Ritzes, among the first of the big-money acts in Las Vegas, made a few television specials in the early 1950s. 

They carried their zaniness on the road until 1965 when Al died in New Orleans where they were performing. 

Harry and Jim stayed together briefly. But the club business had peaked and Harry and Jim made two final film appearances. Harry by himself made one film before retiring from show business in 1978.

Personal life

Ritz was married four times, had six children and one granddaughter.

Death and legacy

In his last years, Ritz battled with cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. But Ritz died of pneumonia on March 29, 1986. He left behind a widow, his children, granddaughter and his sister.[4] Ritz is buried in the Beth Olam Mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Ritz, along with his brothers, influenced comedians such as Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, and Danny Kaye. Brooks cast Ritz in a cameo in his 1976 movie Silent Movie, which marked Harry's final screen appearance. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Mel Brooks had this to say regarding Ritz;

“As far as I'm concerned, Harry Ritz was the funniest man ever. His craziness and his freedom were unmatched. There was no intellectualizing with him. You just hoped there were no pointy objects in the room when he was working 'cause you were down on the floor, spitting, out of control, laughing your brains out. Harry Ritz always put me away. Always.[6]”

In that same interview, Jerry Lewis had this to say about Ritz;

“Harry was the teacher. He had the extraordinary ability to deny himself dignity onstage. Harry taught us that the only thing that mattered was getting a laugh ‑whether you did it with a camel or with two rabbis humping a road map. Harry spawned us all. We all begged, borrowed and stole from him, every one of us. Without him, we wouldn't be here.[6]”


Year Movie

1934 Hotel Anchovy
1936 Sing, Baby, Sing
1937 Cinema Circus
1937 One in a Million

1937 On the Avenue

1937 You Can't Have Everything

1937 Life Begins in College

1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
1938 The Goldwyn Follies

1938 Kentucky Moonshine

1938 Straight Place and Show

1939 The Three Musketeers

1939 The Gorilla

1939 Pack Up Your Troubles

1940 Argentine Nights

1942 Behind the Eight Ball

1943 Hi'ya, Chum

1943 Show-Business at War
1943 Never a Dull Moment
1956 Brooklyn Goes to Las Vegas
1975 Blazing Stewardesses
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1976 Silent Movie
1979 Beanes of Boston


1. "IMDb Entry". Internet Movie Database.
2. "Harry Ritz (1907-1986) Find A Grave Memorial". Find a Grave.
3. Cullen, Frank; Hackman, Florence and McNeilly, Donald (2007), Vaudeville, Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, New York: Routledge, p. 935, ISBN 0-415-93853-8.
4. Folkart, Burt (March 31, 1986). "Harry Ritz, 78, Member of Zany Vaudeville Brothers, Dies". Los Angeles Times.
5. "HARRY RITZ, 78, LAST BROTHER OF SLAPSTICK COMEDY TEAM". United Press International. The New York Times. April 1, 1986.

"Manson Family" Lawyer Ronald William Hughes Body Found 1971 Westwood Village Cemetery

Ronald W. Hughes (March 16, 1935 – c. November 1970) was an American attorney who represented Manson family member Leslie Van Houten.

Hughes disappeared while on a camping trip during a ten-day recess from the Tate-LaBianca murder trial in November 1970. His body was found in March 1971, but his cause of death could not be determined. At least one Manson family member has claimed that Hughes was murdered by the family in an act of retaliation. No one has been charged in connection with his death.

Tate–LaBianca murder trial

Hughes was among the first lawyers to meet with Charles Manson in December 1969. Initially, he signed on as the attorney for Manson, but was replaced by Irving Kanarek two weeks before the start of the trial.[1]

He eventually represented Leslie Van Houten in the Tate–LaBianca murder trial. Hughes failed the bar exam three times before passing and had never tried a case. Hughes, a onetime conservative, was called "the hippie lawyer" due to his intimate knowledge of the hippie subculture. That knowledge occasionally served his client well. He was able to raise questions about Linda Kasabian's credibility by asking her about hallucinogenic drugs, her belief in ESP, her thoughts that she might be a witch, and her experiencing "vibrations" from Manson.[1]

As attorney for defendant Van Houten, Hughes tried to separate the interests of his client from those of Charles Manson, a move that angered Manson and may have cost Hughes his life. He hoped to show that Van Houten was not acting independently, but was completely controlled in her actions by Manson. This strategy contradicted Manson's plan to allow fellow family members to implicate themselves in the crimes, clearing him of all involvement.[1]

Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten

Twenty-two weeks into the trial, which included outbursts and bizarre behavior from Manson and his co-defendants, the prosecution rested. Lawyers for the defendants stunned the courtroom by announcing that the defense also rested.[2] Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten immediately shouted that they wanted to testify. Per Manson's instructions, the women said that they wanted to testify to committing the murders on their own and that Manson had nothing to do with the crimes. Hughes objected and stood up against Manson's ploy and stated, "I refuse to take part in any proceeding where I am forced to push a client out the window."[3] After Manson made a statement to the court, however, he then advised the women against testifying. Judge Charles Older then ordered a ten-day recess to allow the attorneys to prepare for their final arguments. Hughes later told a reporter that he was confident that he could secure an acquittal for Van Houten.[4]


On November 27, 1970, Hughes decided to take a camping trip in a remote area near Sespe Hot Springs in Ventura County, California. According to James Forsher and Lauren Elder, two friends who accompanied Hughes on the trip, heavy rains which had caused flash floods in the area had mired their Volkswagen in mud. Forsher and Elder hitchhiked their way out, while Hughes decided to stay in the area until November 29. As the rains continued, the wilderness area was evacuated.[5] Hughes was last seen by three campers on the morning of November 28. They later told investigators that Hughes was alone at the time and had briefly stopped to talk with them. Hughes also appeared to be unharmed and was in an area that was away from flood waters. When court reconvened on November 30, Hughes failed to appear. Due to continued rainstorms, the Ventura County sheriff had to wait two days before a search was launched.[6]

On December 2, Judge Older ordered the trial to proceed and appointed a new attorney, Maxwell Keith, for Van Houten. The women angrily demanded the firing of all their lawyers, and asked to reopen the defense. Judge Older denied the request. By week's end, Hughes had been missing for two weeks. When the court reconvened, Manson and the women created a disturbance suggesting that Judge Older "did away with Ronald Hughes," which resulted in their being removed again from the courtroom.[3]


Over the following months, police conducted more than a dozen searches of the area where Hughes was last seen. After receiving an anonymous tip in March 1971, police also searched in the area surrounding the Barker Ranch in Inyo County where Manson and his associates had previously lived.[7]

On March 29, 1971, the same day the jury returned death penalty verdicts against all the defendants on all counts, Hughes' severely decomposed body was discovered by two fishermen in Ventura County. His body was found wedged between two boulders in a gorge,[8] Hughes was later positively identified by dental X-rays. Due to the severe decomposition of his body, the cause and nature of his death was ruled as 'Undetermined'[9]

His funeral was held on April 7, 1971 in West Los Angeles.[10] Hughes was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


In his book Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi wrote that Sandra Good, an associate of Manson and a close friend of devoted Manson family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, claimed that Manson family members had killed "35 to 40 people" and that, "Hughes was the first of the retaliation murders."[11] Attorney Stephen Kay, who helped Bugliosi prosecute the Manson family members, stated that while he is "on the fence" about the Manson family's involvement in Hughes' death, Manson had open contempt for Hughes during the trial. Kay added, "The last thing Manson said to him [Hughes] was, 'I don't want to see you in the courtroom again,' and he was never seen again alive."[12]

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sandra Good

Retired Ventura County sheriff Charlie Rudd, who was assigned to investigate Hughes' disappearance, stated that he felt Hughes' death was accidental because there were no signs of foul play. Rudd believes that Hughes was stranded by the rainstorm which caused the creek to swell. He believes that Hughes drowned or was knocked unconscious and killed by rocks and debris as he was swept away by the water.[12] 

Musician and author Ed Sanders, who was a friend of Hughes', wrote about his death in his 1971 book The Family. Sanders also believes that his death was an accidental drowning.[13]

In 1976, Leslie Van Houten was granted a new trial on the grounds that she was denied proper legal representation after Hughes disappeared before the closing arguments.[14] Van Houten's retrial in 1977 ended in a hung jury.[15] She was released from jail after posting $200,000 bond and retried in 1978.[16] In her third trial, Van Houten was convicted of the first degree murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and conspiracy in connection with the Tate murders.[17] She was sentenced to life in prison.


1. The Charles Manson (Tate–LaBianca Murder) Trial: Other Key Figures
2. (Bugliosi 1994, pp. 503-504)
3. "Charles Manson and the Manson Family."  
4. (Bugliosi 1994, pp. 508, 514)
5. (Sanders 2002, p. 437)
6. (Bugliosi 1994, pp. 514-515)
7. "New Search Slated For Attorney." The Press-Courier. March 21, 1971. 
8. "Body Believed To Be That Of Attorney." Merced Sun-Star. March 30, 1971. p. 2. 
9. (Bugliosi 1994, p. 624)
10. "Ronald Hughes, Tate Trial Attorney, Receives Eulogy." The Press-Courier. April 8, 1971. p. 22. 
11. (Bugliosi 1994, p. 625)
12. Becerra, Hector; Winton, Richard (June 1, 2012). "Manson follower's tapes may yield new clues, LAPD says." p. 2. 
13. (Sanders 2002, p. 438)
14. "Manson Follower Has Right To New Trial." Merced Sun-Star. December 10, 1976. p. 2. 
15. "A third murder trial for Van Houten is scheduled." Lodi News-Sentinel. September 2, 1977. p. 20. R
16. "Manson Follower In Court." Herald-Journal. August 10, 1978. p. B7. 
17. "Manson's follower convicted of murder." The Spokesman-Review. July 6, 1978. p. 1. 


Bugliosi, Vincent; Gentry, Curt (1974, 1994). Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. W. W. Norton and Company. ISBN 0-393-32223-8

Sanders, Ed (2002). The Family. Da Capo Press. ISBN 1-560-25396-7

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Teacher's Pet" Screenwriter Fay Kanin 2013 Beth Olam Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Fay Kanin (née Mitchell; May 9, 1917 – March 27, 2013) was an American screenwriter, playwright and producer. Kanin was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1983.


Born Fay Mitchell in New York City to David and Bessie (née Kaiser) Mitchell, she was raised in Elmira, New York, where she won the New York State Spelling Championship at twelve and was presented with a silver cup by then Governor Franklin Roosevelt. She was encouraged to write for money by supplying small items to the Elmira Star Gazette.[1]

In high school she wrote and produced a children's radio show; then on full scholarship, she attended the private, all-female Elmira College where she divided her studies between writing and acting as well as editing the yearbook. Fay's mother took her daughter to visit her grandmother in the Bronx, and it was there that she became devoted to the theater when she saw a matinée of Idiot's Delight starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.[2]


Kanin longed to move to Los Angeles to get into pictures and her parents indulged her. Her father moved to California first to secure a job, then she and her mother packed everything and followed by train.[3] Kanin spent her senior year at the University of Southern California where she became active in college radio. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, she wangled an interview with Sam Marx who thought she was much too young to hire; but her next interview was with story editor Bob Sparks at RKO who sent her to producer Al Lewis, who then hired her as a story editor at $75 a week.[2] RKO released Lewis, but Sparks kept Fay on as scriptreader to write one-page summaries for $25 a week. Kanin proceeded to teach herself everything she could about the movie industry at RKO's expense. During the lunch hour, she talked to anyone she happened to find – whether they were art directors, editors, or cinematographers.[3]

Michael Kanin

There was a small theater at the studio where contract players put on plays. While Kanin was acting in Irwin Shaw's Bury the Dead, she came to the attention of Michael Kanin, who had just been hired as a writer in the B unit. Michael was trained as an artist and had turned to commercial art and painting scenery for burlesque houses to help support his parents during the Depression. They were introduced by a mutual friend, and Michael practically asked Kanin to marry him right then and there, but it took her a little while to come around to the idea.[2]

The Kanins rented a house in Malibu for their honeymoon, and after buying an A. J. Liebling New Yorker short story about a boarding house for boxers, they spent the next six months writing the adaptation, Sunday Punch (1942). They knew they were on the track to a partnership when MGM bought the screenplay.

"We would make a story outline together with rather detailed descriptions of the scenes. Then we divided up the writing, each taking the scenes we felt strongly about. Then one or the other of us would put it all together into a single draft. We did find a common voice, though we had different strengths. As an artist, Michael brought a great visual sense to the process. I was a people person who loved the characters and the dialogue. Through the collaboration, we learned a lot from each other and about each other. But the time came when I felt as if we were together 48 hours a day. Writing with someone else always requires some degree of compromise, as does marriage. When it came down to the question of which would survive, the marriage or the writing partnership, it was a pretty easy decision. But I remember that it was a challenge convincing the powers that be that we had been successful writers individually and would be again. We were hyphenated in people's minds: Fay-and-Michael Kanin. To again become Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin took some doing."[2]

Michael took a job working with Ring Lardner Jr. to work on the Tracy / Hepburn project Woman of the Year (1942), based on an original story by his brother Garson Kanin. Fay and Michael Kanin wrote a play, Goodbye My Fancy, about a female congressional representative renewing past loves. The play was a Broadway smash and starred Madeleine Carroll, Conrad Nagel, and Shirley Booth,[2] and was eventually filmed by Vincent Sherman in 1951 with Joan Crawford and Robert Young.

During World War II, Kanin came up with an idea to promote women's participation in the war effort, and presented the idea for A Woman's Angle radio show to the heads of NBC Radio for which Kanin would write the scripts and do the network commentary.[3] Along those lines, she contributed to the story Blondie For Victory, one of the low-budget series based on the popular comic strip, where Blondie organizes Housewives of America to perform homefront wartime duties much to the dismay of Dagwood. Kanin even made an appearance as an actor in A Double Life (1947), co-written by her brother-in-law Garson Kanin and his wife, actress Ruth Gordon.[2]

Teacher's Pet

The Kanins wrote My Pal Gus (1952) in which Richard Widmark becomes a good father and falls in love with Joanne Dru, the Elizabeth Taylor film Rhapsody (1954) and The Opposite Sex (1956), a musical remake of The Women. But it was the Oscar-nominated script for Teacher's Pet (1958) for which they are best remembered, a film about a self-made newspaper editor Clark Gable who has a love-hate relationship with journalism teacher Doris Day. The film almost did not get made since the Kanins were not under any studio contract, and having shopped the script around without attracting any interest, it was only after a rewrite inspired by Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday that producer Bill Perlberg and director George Seaton purchased it.[2]


It was while the couple were on holiday in Europe that the Kanins learned they had been blacklisted by the HUAC.

"What they had against us was that I had taken classes at the Actors Lab in Hollywood where some of the teachers were from the Group Theater and therefore suspect, and we had been members of the Hollywood Writers Mobilization, an organization in support of World War II to which almost all of Hollywood's writers belonged. It was ridiculous, but it was very real, and there was nothing we could do about it. We took a larger mortgage on the house and started writing a play, but we didn't work in films for almost two years."

They were unable to find work again until director Charles Vidor insisted that MGM hire the couple for Rhapsody in 1953.[2]


In 1959 the couple adapted Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon for the Broadway play of the same name; with a further adaptation for the screen, in Martin Ritts The Outrage.


In the early 1970s, Kanin began solo writing in earnest with Heat of Anger, about a strong, older woman lawyer played by Susan Hayward, and a younger male lawyer. At first Kanin was put off by the lack of an immediate reaction from an audience, but once she realized that more people had seen it in one night than would have ever seen it in theaters if it played for a year, she was hooked and wrote five more films for television.[2]

Tell Me Where it Hurts started from a small newspaper article about a group of women in Queens who got together to just talk. The film starred Maureen Stapleton and won two Emmys. 

The following year, she wrote and co-produced Hustling based on Gail Sheehy's non-fiction book. The film was about a prostitute recounting her life to a reporter, and starred Jill Clayburgh and Lee Remick, respectively. For weeks, Kanin interviewed working girls at the Midtown North police station, and after the film aired, she received letters complimenting her on how fairly she had treated them.[2]

The television movie Friendly Fire was seen by an estimated sixty million people in 1979. Written and co-produced by Kanin, it starred Carol Burnett as a mother who challenges the military's "official story" of how her son died in Vietnam. The non-fiction book by C. D. B. Bryan was about the Mullen family and their discovery that their son had been accidentally killed by American troops. Kanin spent five months secluded with Bryan's research tapes adapting the book, and Friendly Fire won the Emmy for Best Outstanding Drama that year.[4]

In 1978, Kanin and the producer of Hustling, Lillian Gallo, partnered to form a joint production company, becoming one of the first female production teams in Hollywood.[5] Together, their company produced Fun and Games for Valerie Harper, a tale of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace.[6] For Norman Lear, Kanin wrote Heartsounds, which starred Mary Tyler Moore and James Garner as a couple coping with heart disease.


In 1975, Universal Studio producers asked Kanin for a screenplay about a bi-racial burlesque theater in 1933 Chicago. Nothing came of it, but in 1985 Kanin adapted her unproduced screenplay for the stage.[7] The result was Grind.[8] Directed by Hal Prince with choreography by Lester Wilson, the cast included Ben Vereen as a song-and-dance man, Stubby Kaye as a slapstick comic, and Leilani Jones as a stripper named Satin. The production was a disaster; the show lost its entire $4.75 million investment, and Prince and three other members of the creative team were suspended by the Dramatists Guild of America for signing a "substandard" contract.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Kanin was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1979, and served four terms until 1983.[9] She was its second female president, following in the footsteps of earlier president Bette Davis, who left after only one month. She has also served as the president of the Screen Branch of the Writers Guild of America and as Chair of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, an officer of the Writers Guild Foundation, a member of the Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute.

Fay Kanin was the vice president of the Academy's 1999–2000 Board of Trustees, and a member of the steering committee of the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, which formed in 1974, and of the National Film Preservation Board in Washington, D.C.[10] She served on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors from 2007–08.


Fay Kanin died on March 27, 2013. She is interred in the Beth Olam Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  Her husband, Michael Kanin, who died on March 12, 1993, and their son, Joel Kanin, who died on November 14, 1958, are also interred in the same mausoleum. 


Sunday Punch (1942, screenplay, story)
Blondie for Victory (1942, story)
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951, play)
My Pal Gus (1952, original screenplay)
Rhapsody (1954, screenplay)
The Opposite Sex (1956, screenplay)
Teacher's Pet (1958, screenplay)
Rashomon (1959, adaptation)
The Right Approach (1961, screenplay)
Play of the Week: Rashomon (1961, teleplay adaptation)
Congiura dei dieci, La (1962, screenplay)
The Outrage (1964, adaptation)
Heat of Anger (1972, teleplay)
Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974, teleplay)
Hustling (1975, teleplay, associate producer)
Friendly Fire (1979, teleplay, co-producer)
Fun and Games (1980, TV producer)
Heartsounds (1984, teleplay, producer)

Stage Productions

Goodbye, My Fancy (1947)
His and Hers (1954) w/ Michael Kanin
Rashomon (1959) w/ Michael Kanin
The Gay Life (1961) w/ Michael Kanin (later retitled as The High Life)
Grind (1985)


Year Group Award Result Recipient

1959 Academy Award Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen Nominated Teacher's Pet w/ Michael Kanin
1959 WGA Award (Screen) Best Written American Comedy Nominated Teacher's Pet w/ Michael Kanin
1972 American Bar Association The Gavel Award for Best Movie of 1972 devoted to the Law Heat of Anger
1974 EMMY Best Writing in Drama – Original Teleplay Won Tell Me Where It Hurts
1974 EMMY Writer of the Year – Special Won Tell Me Where It Hurts
1975 Writers Guild of America Valentine Davies Award
1976 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Edgar Best Television Feature or Miniseries Nominated Hustling
1976 EMMY Outstanding Writing in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy – Original Teleplay Nominated Hustling
1978 EMMY Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special Nominated Friendly Fire
1978 EMMY Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Won Friendly Fire
1979 Humanitas Prize 90 Minute Category Nominated Friendly Fire
1980 Writers Guild of America Morgan Cox Award
1980 Women in Film Crystal Awards Crystal Award Recipient for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[11]
1985 EMMY Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Nominated Heartsounds
1985 TONY Book (Musical) Nominated Grind
1993 American Society of Cinematographers Board of the Governors Award
1993 PGA Awards PGA Hall of Fame – Television Programs Won Friendly Fire
2003 Humanitas Prize Kieser Award
2005 Writers Guild of America Edmund J. North Award

Non-profit organization positions

President of Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences 1979-1983



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9. Levy. 2003.
10. "Jewish Women's Archive".
11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 30, 2011. 


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