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Ernest Lehman (1915–2005)


One of the most critically and commercially successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, Lehman grew up on Long Island, graduated from NY's City College. One of his first jobs was as a copywriter for a Broadway publicist. This experience would later be reflected in his novel and screenplay, "Sweet Smell of Success." He also worked as a radio ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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(1959)
Sabrina Writer
(1954)
(1961)

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 1995 Sabrina (earlier screenplay)
 1990 The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (written by)
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... (novel)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... (novel)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... (novel)
 1977 Black Sunday (screenplay by)
 1976 Family Plot (screenplay)
 1969 Sen bir meleksin (story)
 1969 Hello, Dolly! (written for the screen by)
 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (screenplay)
 1965 The Sound of Music (screenplay)
 1963 The Prize (screenplay)
 1961 West Side Story (screenplay)
 1960 From the Terrace (screenplay)
 1959 North by Northwest (written by)
 1957 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Coluna de Escândalos (1957) ... (play)
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success (novella) / (screenplay)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (novelette - 1 episode)
- The Comedian (1957) ... (novelette)
 1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me (screenplay)
 1956 The King and I (screenplay)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (original screenplay - 1 episode)
- The Inside Story (1955) ... (original screenplay)
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Slide, Darling, Slide (1954) ... (story)
 1954 Sabrina (written for the screen by)
 1954 Executive Suite (screen play)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1948 The Inside Story (story)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: His play, "Who Cares?," was performed at the Fortune Theatre in London, England, with Alec Clunes and Denholm Elliott in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Personal Quote:

It is not at all difficult for a writer to stay sane in Hollywood. Cynicism is more often a defense against just criticism. See more »

Trivia:

His first collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock was supposed to be an adaptation of Hammond Innes's well-known novel "The Wreck Of The 'Mary Deare'", which MGM wanted to film. Hitchcock was not keen on the novel, feeling that all its best scenes were at the beginning and that it would be difficult to avoid anti-climax as the story progressed. Lehman agreed and said that it would be impossible for ... See more »

Nickname:

Ernie

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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