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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 »

Known For

North by Northwest
(1959)
Sabrina
Sabrina Writer
(1954)
West Side Story
(1961)

Filmography

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 1995 Sabrina (earlier screenplay)
 1990 The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... (novel)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... (novel)
- Episode #1.3 ... (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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on writing "North by Northwest" (1959) for Alfred Hitchcock] I wanted to write the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures.

Trivia:

In the late 1930s, he used to hunt down gossip for Walter Winchell and other gossip columnists. His novella "Tell Me About It Tomorrow" had a backdrop similar to his experiences from this period of his life. See more »

Nickname:

Ernie

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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