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Date of Birth 5 July 1945Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA
Date of Death 2 May 2015Tucson, Arizona, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameMichael Lennox Webb

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Blake was born on July 5, 1945 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA as Michael Lennox Webb. He was a writer, known for Dances with Wolves (1990), Stacy's Knights (1983) and Winnetou. He was married to Marianne Mortensen. He died on May 2, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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Marianne Mortensen (1993 - 2 May 2015) (his death) (3 children)

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Survived bouts with Hodgkin's disease in 1990 and 1992.
After staying with Kevin Costner for several months, he wrote Dances with Wolves (1990), that he was reading to Costners' 3 year old daughter before moving out to Arizona.
Was homeless for a period in the mid-1980s while struggling to make it as a screenwriter and writing the novel Dances with Wolves. He lived out of his car and slept on friends' couches, eventually giving up on Hollywood and moving to Bisbee, Arizona. He was living there, working as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant, when the novel was published and his old friend Kevin Costner asked him to return to Los Angeles to write the screenplay, for which he later won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Personal Quotes (1)

Characters do not come out of the thin air. I think writers acquire characters by living a life in which something is risked. It's only by being defeated, rejected, exalted, by going through all the peaks and valleys, that you can acquire anything worth writing down.

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