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Terry Southern (I) (1924–1995)

Terry Southern began writing satirical, outrageous fiction at the age of 12, when he took it upon himself to rewrite various Edgar Allan Poe stories "because they didn't go far enough". After serving as a lieutenant in the army in World War II, he began writing short stories in earnest while studying at the Sorbonne. "The Accident", published in ... See full bio »

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 2004 Heavy Put-Away (Short) (short story)
 1998 Terry Southern Interviews a Faggot Male Nurse (Short) (short story)
 1988 The Telephone (screenplay)
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 19 episodes, 1981 - 1982) (written by - 1 episode, 1981)
- Olivia Newton-John (1982) ... (writer)
- Danny DeVito/Sparks (1982) ... (writer)
- Robert Culp/The Charlie Daniels Band (1982) ... (writer)
- Johnny Cash/Elton John (1982) ... (writer)
- Daniel J. Travanti/John Cougar (1982) ... (writer)
 1976 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Stop, Thief! (1976) ... (written by)
 1969 The Magic Christian (screenplay)
 1969 Easy Rider (written by)
 1968 Candy (novel)
 1968 Barbarella (screenplay)
 1967 Don't Make Waves (uncredited)
 1967 Casino Royale (uncredited)
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid (screenplay)
 1965 The Loved One (screenplay)
 1965 The Collector (uncredited)
  Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1958) (television adaptation - 1 episode, 1958)
- Emperor Jones (1958) ... (teleplay) / (television adaptation)
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Other Works:

Book Review, "After the Bomb, Dad Came Up With Ice," Published in "The New York Times," 3 June 1963. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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Well, it was a complete dichotomy, because working with him was like working with two people. He was an ultra-talented person who was one of the fastest improvisers ever. He could add to and enrich a scene or character tremendously beyond what was written. On the other hand, he could take it too far and detract from the quality of humor when it was his own. He was too complicated because he was ... See more »


Longtime companion of actress Gail Gerber whose stage name was Gail Gilmore. She documented her 30 years together with the writer in her award-winning 2010 memoir Trippin' with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember. See more »

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