William Goldman

William Goldman


8/10/1931, Highland Park, Illinois

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William Goldman


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William Goldman, born on August 12, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, is a noted American screenwriter, novelist and playwright. Goldman attended Oberlin College as an undergraduate, completing his studies in 1952. He went on to attend graduate school at Columbia University, finishing in 1956. Goldman published his first novel,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • William Goldman's astrological star sign is Leo.

    • William Goldman judged the Miss America Pageant in 1988.

    • In 1988 William Goldman judged the Cannes Film Festival.

    • In 1985 William Goldman won the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in screenwriting.

    • Movie Screenwriter Credits:
      Soldier in the Rain (1963)
      Masquerade (1965)
      Harper (1966)
      No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)
      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
      The Hot Rock (1972)
      The Stepford Wives (1975)
      The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
      All the President's Men (1976)
      Marathon Man (1976)
      A Bridge Too Far (1977)
      Magic (1978)
      The Princess Bride (1987)
      Misery (1990)
      Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
      Year of the Comet (1992)
      Chaplin (1992)
      Maverick (1994)
      The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
      The Chamber (1996)
      Fierce Creatures (1997)
      Absolute Power (1997)
      The General's Daughter (1999)
      Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
      Dreamcatcher (2003)

    • William Goldman's brother James Goldman is also a screenwriter.

    • William Goldman went to Columbia University.

    • William Goldman has served as screenwriter on three Stephen King novel to film adaptations Misery 1990, Hearts in Atlantis 2001 and Dreamcatcher 2003.

    • William Goldman has been divorced once.

    • William Goldman has been married once.

    • William Goldman won an Academy award for All the President's Men in the Writing Adapted Screenplay category.

    • William Goldman won an Academy award for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the Best Original Screenplay category.

    • William Goldman is 6'1" tall.

    • William Goldman is a novelist and screenwriter.

  • Quotes

    • William Goldman: Whoever invented the meeting must have had Hollywood in mind. I think they should consider giving Oscars for meetings: Best Meeting of the Year, Best Supporting Meeting, Best Meeting Based on Material from Another Meeting.

    • William Goldman: Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.

    • William Goldman: Being a screenwriter is not enough for a full creative life.

    • William Goldman: (about Hollywood) Nobody knows anything.