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Arthur Laurents (1918–2011)

Arthur Laurents was born on July 14, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Arthur Levine. He was a writer, known for West Side Story (1961), Rope (1948) and The Way We Were (1973). He died on May 5, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

West Side Story
Rope Writer
The Way We Were
Gypsy Writer


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 2015 Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre (TV Movie) (book by)
 1993 Gypsy (TV Movie) (play)
 1977 The Turning Point (written by)
 1973 The Way We Were (written by)
 1972 Invitation to a March (TV Movie) (play) / (teleplay)
 1962 Gypsy (based upon the stage play: book by)
 1961 West Side Story (book by)
 1961 Festival (TV Series) (1 episode)
  Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1961) (story - 1 episode, 1961)
- A Clearing in the Woods (1961) ... (play) / (story)
 1959 Startime (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- A Clearing in the Woods (1959) ... (story)
 1958 Bonjour Tristesse (screenplay)
 1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Summertime (1957) ... (play)
- Home of the Brave (1957) ... (play)
 1956 Anastasia (screenplay)
 1955 Summertime (play "The Time of the Cuckoo")
 1949 Anna Lucasta (screenplay)
 1949 Home of the Brave (play)
 1949 Caught (screenplay)
 1948 The Snake Pit (contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited)
 1948 Rope (screenplay)
 1946 Walk with Me (TV Movie)
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Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (24 credits)
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Other Works:

He directed his play, "Invitation to a March," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Celeste Holm and Wesley Addy in the cast. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I think so many plays today stem from a notion rather than an idea. There's a great difference." See more »


Educated at Cornell University. See more »

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