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Overview (4)

Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameCharles William Brackett
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Brackett, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, of Scottish ancestry, followed in his attorney-father's footsteps and graduated with a law degree from Harvard University in 1920. He practised law for several years, before commencing work as drama critic for The New Yorker (1925-29), in addition to submitting short stories to The Saturday Evening Post. In 1932, Brackett left for Hollywood as a screenwriter. He was signed by Paramount primarily on the strength of his novel "Week-End". Brackett remained at the studio until 1950, doubling up as producer from 1945.

During his tenure at Paramount, Brackett became part of one of the most celebrated screenwriting partnerships in the motion picture business, alongside Billy Wilder. They were eventually dubbed by Life Magazine as "the happiest couple in Hollywood". Despite having very different personalities and arguing incessantly -- Wilder being the more extroverted and cynical, while Bracket was, to quote Gloria Swanson, 'quieter, more refined' -- their collaboration endured until 1951, spanning fourteen motion pictures. Many of their most popular hits, such as Ninotchka (1939), Ball of Fire (1941) and The Lost Weekend (1945), were noted for their intricate scripting and witty, sardonic dialogue. The culmination of their efforts was Sunset Blvd. (1950), which won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. Following this, the team split up at the peak of their success, each going their separate ways.

Brackett moved on to work under contract at 20th Century Fox for the next eight years. With Walter Reisch, he co-wrote the screenplays for Niagara (1953) and Titanic (1953), winning his third Oscar for the latter. He also produced the superior western Garden of Evil (1954), the historical drama The Virgin Queen (1955) and the lavish musical The King and I (1956). Brackett retired due to illness after producing State Fair (1962).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (2)

Lillian Fletcher (26 December 1953 - 9 March 1969) ( his death)
Elizabeth Barrows Fletcher (2 June 1919 - 7 June 1948) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (5)

Replaced Herman Mankiewicz as The New Yorker's theatre critic in 1925, only to leave for Hollywood, as his predecessor had done, in 1929. Worked with director/writer Billy Wilder's as his collaborator on 13 movies, including Sunset Blvd (1950).
(1938-1939) President of the Screen Writers Guild.
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1949 to 1955
Wrote or contributed to the screenplay of six Best Picture Oscar nominees: Little Women (1933), Ninotchka (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), The Lost Weekend (1945), The Bishop's Wife (1947) and Sunset Blvd. (1950). The Lost Weekend was the only one which won Best Picture.
His second wife, Lillian, was the younger sister of his first wife, Elizabeth.

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