Authors' involvement with Academy Award films

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Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl was a famous short story writer who became one of the most successful and beloved children's writers of all time. He also wrote several screenplays. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, he attended British schools, but never went to university, opting to go work for the Shell Oil Company instead...
“ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fantastic Mr. Fox ” - adog1990
Dr. Seuss
Acclaimed writer, Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, March 2nd, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines...
“ 500 Hats Bartholomew Cubbins
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Design for Death
Gerald McBoing-Boing
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Gerald McBoing! Boing! on Planet Moo
Home Alone
How the Grinch Stole Christmas ” - adog1990
Ian Fleming
Writer, Skyfall
Ian Fleming an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917...
“ Goldfinger
Casino Royale
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Diamonds Are Forever
Live and Let Die
The Spy Who Loved Me
For Your Eyes Only
Spectre ” - adog1990
Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name "King"...
“ Carrie
Stand by Me
The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile ” - adog1990
Gore Vidal
Writer, Caligula
Gore Vidal was born Eugene Louis Vidal in 1925 in West Point, New York, to Nina (Gore) and West Point aeronautics instructor and aviation pioneer Eugene Luther Vidal. The Vidals endured a rocky marriage divorcing ten years after Gore's birth. Young Gore spent much of his childhood with his blind grandfather...
“ Ben-Hur
Suddenly, Last Summer
The Best Man
Is Paris Burning?
Gattaca ” - adog1990
“ The Blind Side
The Big Short ” - adog1990
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an unknown financial setback...
“ Romeo and Juliet (1936 film)
Henry V (1944 film)
Hamlet (1948 film)
Julius Caesar
Kiss Me Kate
Richard III (1955 film)
Forbidden Planet
West Side Story
The Taming of the Shrew
Romeo and Juliet (1968 film)
Henry V (1989 film)
Hamlet (1990 film)
Richard III (1995 film)
Romeo + Juliet
Hamlet (1996 film)
The Tempest ” - adog1990
Jules Verne
Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) was one of the most famous French novelist of all time. His major work is the "Extraordinary Journeys", a series of more than sixty adventure novels including "Journey to the Center of the Earth", "20.000 Leagues under the Seas", "Around the World in 80 Days" and "The Mysterious Island" which had multiple cinematographic adaptations...
“ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in Eighty Days
Journey to the Center the Earth ” - adog1990
Hans Christian Andersen
Writer, Frozen
H.C. Andersen was born in 1805. His father (Hans Andersen) was a poor shoemaker and his mother a washerwoman. The family did not have a permanent address until 1807. The family lived for the first time together at Munkemøllestræde. The father worked as an independent shoemaker, with a workshop in the livingroom...
“ The Little Match Girl
Ugly Duckling
The Red Shoes
The Little Mermaid
The Little Matchgirl
Frozen ” - adog1990
“ Cinderella (1950 film)
Sleeping Beauty
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella
Puss in Boots
Cinderella (2015 film) ” - adog1990
“ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Tangled ” - adog1990
“ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Tangled ” - adog1990
Mark Twain
Writer, Tom and Huck
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his steamboat - "by the mark, twain".
“ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer ” - adog1990
L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum became a success with his 1883 production of "The Maid of Arran" in 1882. He was a dreamer, had a printing press and an amateur newspaper, "The Rose Lawn Home Journal" and published a coin and stamp collecting guide. He failed at almost everything through poor business sense. He had been an actor...
“ The Wizard of Oz
The Wiz
Return to Oz ” - adog1990
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass." Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a studentship at Christ Church and was appointed a lecturer in mathematics...
“ Alice in Wonderland (1951 film)
Alice in Wonderland (2010 film) ” - adog1990
“ The Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ” - adog1990
Agatha Christie
Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood to when she turned 12-years-old in 1902...
“ Witness for the Prosecution
Murder on the Orient Express
Death on the Nile ” - adog1990
Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, the son of John Lockwood Kipling, a museum director and author and illustrator. This was at the height of the "British Raj", so he was brought up by Indian nurses ("ayahs"), who taught him something of the beliefs and tongues of India. He was sent "home" to England at the age of six to live with a foster mother...
“ Captains Courageous
Wee Willie Winkie
Gunga Din
Jungle Book
The Jungle Book (1967 film)
The Man Who Would Be King
The Jungle Book (2016 film) ” - adog1990
Mary Shelley
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband...
“ The Bride of Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
Frankenstein ” - adog1990
Victor Hugo
Victor-Marie Hugo was born on February 26, 1802, in Besançon, France. His father, Joseph-Leopold Hugo, was a general in Napoleon's army who served as Military Governor in Italy and Spain. His mother, Sophie Trebuchet, had an affair with his father's commander, who was shot in 1812 for plotting against Napoleon...
“ Les Misérables (1935 film)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939 film)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film)
Les Misérables (2012 film) ” - adog1990
“ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931 film)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941 film)
Treasure Planet ” - adog1990
J.K. Rowling
Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's Cross Station in London...
“ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ” - adog1990
Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
“ The Andromeda Strain
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park ” - adog1990
H.G. Wells
H.G. Wells, born in the London suburb of Bromley in 1866, began his literary career in earnest in 1895 with the publication of his first novel, "The Time Machine." Until this first success his life had been a patchwork of unsatisfactory drapery and chemist apprenticeships that were interrupted by stints as a teacher's assistant...
“ The Invisible Man Returns
Invisible Agent
The War of the Worlds
The Time Machine (1960 film)
The Time Machine (2002 film)
War of the Worlds ” - adog1990
Philip K. Dick
Writer, Blade Runner
Philip Kindred Dick was born in Chicago in December 1928, along with a twin sister, Jane. Jane died less than eight weeks later, allegedly from an allergy to mother's milk. Dick's parents split up during his childhood, and he moved with his mother to Berkeley, California, where he lived for most of the rest of his life...
“ Blade Runner
Total Recall
Minority Report
Blade Runner 2049 ” - adog1990
Graham Greene
Graham Greene was one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century and his influence on the cinema and theatre was enormous. He wrote five plays and almost all of his novels, including "Brighton Rock", "The Ministry of Fear" and "The End of the Affair", have been brought to the screen. A superb storyteller, he also wrote the screenplays for such classics as The Fallen Idol and The Third Man...
“ The Fallen Idol
The Third Man
A Shocking Accident
The End of the Affair
The Quiet American ” - adog1990
J.R.R. Tolkien
English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands may...
“ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ” - adog1990
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start working in a factory...
“ A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
The Pickwick Papers
A Christmas Carol
Mickey's Christmas Carol
Little Dorrit ” - adog1990
Writer, Troy
Homer is the name traditionally ascribed to the brilliant Greek bard that authored, most notably, the Iliad and the Odyssey (Western civilization's first complete stories). Nothing concrete is known of his life, but he is traditionally thought to be blind and was probably born in either Chios or Smyrna...
“ O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Troy ” - adog1990
Jane Austen
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought home due to a local outbreak of disease...
“ Pride & Prejudice (1940 film)
Sense and Sensibility
Pride & Prejudice (2005 film) ” - adog1990
Richard Matheson
Writer, I Am Legend
Richard Matheson has written novels and short stories, as well as screenplays for both film and television. He has sometimes written under the pen name, "Logan Swanson". His prose has often been adapted for the screen by others and sometimes by Matheson, himself. Notably, he is among the few writers who contributed to Rod Serling's classic television series...
“ The Godfather: Part II
Somewhere in Time
What Dreams May Come
Real Steel ” - adog1990
“ Jackie Brown
Out of Sight
3:10 to Yuma
The Tonto Woman ” - adog1990
“ Doctor DeSoto
Shrek 2 ” - adog1990
Peter Benchley
Writer, Jaws
Grandson of famed humorist and actor Robert Benchley and the son of highly respected children's books author Nathaniel Benchley, novelist Peter Benchley's book were decidedly more dramatic in their content and style than his father's, and usually centered on the world's oceans as a backdrop to his vigorous plots...
“ Jaws
The Deep ” - adog1990
“ Wonder Boys
Spider-Man 2
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Moonrise Kingdom ” - adog1990
Stan Lee
Writer, Iron Man
Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books...
“ Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Iron Man
The Messenger
Iron Man 2
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Guardians of the Galaxy
Big Hero 6
Doctor Strange ” - adog1990
“ Batman
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Suicide Squad
The Lego Batman Movie ” - adog1990
“ Come Blow Your Horn
Barefoot in the Park
The Odd Couple
Sweet Charity
The Heartbreak Kid
The Sunshine Boys
The Goodbye Girl
Chapter Two
Only When I Laugh ” - adog1990
“ True Grit (1969 film)
True Grit (2010 film) ” - adog1990
John le Carré
He was born in Poole, Dorset in England on October 19th, 1931. He went to Sherborne School and, later, studied German literature for one year at University of Bern. Later, he went to Lincoln College, Oxford and graduated in Modern Languages. From 1956 to 1958, he taught at Eton and from 1959 to 1964...
“ The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
The Constant Gardener
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ” - adog1990
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby" (1924)...
“ Marie Antoinette
The Great Gatsby (1974 film)
The Last Tycoon
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Great Gatsby (2013 film) ” - adog1990
“ Election
Little Children ” - adog1990
“ Mystic River
Gone Baby Gone ” - adog1990
Jerry Siegel
Writer, Smallville
Jerry Siegel was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1931, he met and befriended his future partner, Joe Shuster, when the latter moved from his birthplace in Canada. Siegel and Shuster were both avid science fiction fans, publishing a fanzine in the mid-1920s. It was during this period that they read Philip Wylie's book...
“ Superman (animated short film)
Superman Returns ” - adog1990
Joe Shuster
Writer, Smallville
Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At age 9 he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he met and befriended his future partner Jerome "Jerry" Siegel. Siegel and Shuster were both avid science fiction fans, publishing a fanzine in the mid-1920s. It was during this period that they read Philip Wylie's book...
“ Superman (animated short film)
Superman Returns ” - adog1990
“ The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Young Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes ” - adog1990
“ Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Beyond ” - adog1990
Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Judah Ozimov, on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi shtetl, near Smolensk, Russia. He was the oldest of three children. His father, named Judah Ozimov, and his mother, named Anna Rachel Ozimov (nee Berman), were Orthodox Jews. Ozimov family were millers (the name Ozimov comes from the eponymous sort of wheat in Russian)...
“ Bicentennial Man
I, Robot ” - adog1990
“ From Here to Eternity
The Thin Red Line ” - adog1990
Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October. Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield, a Catholic private high school...
“ The Hunt for Red October
Clear and Present Danger ” - adog1990
“ Dracula
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ” - adog1990
Mark Millar
Multi award-winning writer Mark Millar has revamped the X-Men, broke Spider-Man sales records, brought the Fantastic Four into the 21st Century and made Superman a communist. He is also the writer of the US industry's biggest-selling comic book of the past decade, Marvel's Civil War, published in 2007...
“ Wanted
The Avengers ” - adog1990
Maxwell Anderson
James Maxwell Anderson was born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1888 to William Lincoln Anderson and Charlotte Perrimela (Stephenson) Anderson. The second child born to the couple, Anderson spent his formative years on his maternal grandmother's farm in Atlantic before the family moved to Andover...
“ All the Quiet on the Western Front
The Guardsman
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Knickerbocker Holiday
Key Largo
Joan of Arc
The Bad Seed
Anne of the Thousand Days ” - adog1990
“ Man of La Mancha
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ” - adog1990
John Irving
Born in New Hampshire, Irving is married and has three sons. He lives in Vermont and Toronto.
“ The World According to Garp
The Cider House Rules ” - adog1990
“ The Perfect Storm
Restrepo ” - adog1990
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Writer, Tarzan
His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student and flunked his examination for West Point...
“ Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Tarzan ” - adog1990
Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke was born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England in December 16, 1917. In 1936 he moved to London, where he joined the British Interplanetary Society. There he started to experiment with astronautic material in the BIS, write the BIS Bulletin and science fiction. During World War II...
“ 2001: A Space Odyssey
2010 ” - adog1990
“ The Mark of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro ” - adog1990
Alexandre Dumas
His paternal grandparents were Marie Cessete Dumas (a Haitian slave) and Marquis Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie. Antoine disapproved of their son, Thomas-Alexandre, joining the French army under the "Davy de la Pailleterie" name, so Thomas-Alexandre used his mother's surname instead. He became a valued general of Napoleon...
“ The Three Musketeers
The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge
Queen Margot ” - adog1990
Laura Hillenbrand
Miscellaneous Crew, Unbroken
“ Seabiscuit
Unbroken ” - adog1990
Ken Kesey
Kesey burst into the literary scene with the "Cuckoo's Nest" in 1962 which he wrote from his experiences working at a veterans hospital. During this period, he volunteered for the testing on the drug LSD. After writing his second novel, "Sometimes A Great Notion," he bought an old school bus dubbed "Further." With Neal Cassidy at the wheel and pitchers of LSD-laced-Kool-Laid in the cooler...
“ Sometimes a Great Notion
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ” - adog1990
“ The Little Mermaid
The Polar Express ” - adog1990
Pierre Boulle
Pierre Boulle was a French novelist best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), that were both made into award-winning films. He was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captured and subjected to two years' forced labor...
“ The Bridge on the River Kwai
Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ” - adog1990
John Grisham
A graduate of Mississippi State University and Ole Miss Law School, John Grisham obtained his law degree in 1981 and practiced law for about 10 years, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1983 and served until 1990...
“ The Firm
The Client ” - adog1990
“ When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
Empire of the Sun ” - adog1990
“ Indiscretion of an American Wife
Breakfast at Tiffany's
In Cold Blood
Annie Hall ” - adog1990
Oscar Wilde
Writer, Dorian Gray
A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th-century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness. Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin before leaving the country to study at Oxford University in England when he was in his early 20s...
“ The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Selfish Giant ” - adog1990
“ Little Woman (1933 film)
Little Woman (1949 film)
Little Woman (1994 film) ” - adog1990
“ The Family That Dwelt Apart
Stuart Little ” - adog1990
Robert A. Heinlein
At the age of 17, Heinlein graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He spent one year at the University of Missouri before he entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from which he graduated as the 20th best among the 243 cadets. He spent five years in the Pacific Ocean until he had to retire because of tuberculosis in 1934...
“ Destination Moon
Starship Troopers ” - adog1990
Roddy Doyle
Won the Booker Prize in 1993 for the novel Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha
“ The Commitments
New Boy ” - adog1990
“ L.A. Confidential
The Black Dahlia ” - adog1990
“ The Sweet Hereafter
Affliction ” - adog1990
“ Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
Coal Miner's Daughter
Postcards from the Edge
Thelma & Louise
Almost Famous ” - adog1990
“ Rip Van Winkle
Sleepy Hallow ” - adog1990
“ The Big Short
Trolls ” - adog1990
“ Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too ” - adog1990
“ The Town
13 Hours ” - adog1990
“ Betty Blue
Elle ” - adog1990