Authors' involvement with Academy Award films

by adog1990 | created - 22 Sep 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

1. Roald Dahl

Writer | The Witches

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he ...

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2. Dr. Seuss

Writer | How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Acclaimed writer, Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, March 2nd, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading ...

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3. Ian Fleming

Writer | Casino Royale

Born into a wealthy and influential English family, Ian Fleming spent his early years attending top British schools such as Eton and Sandhurst military academy. He took to writing while schooling in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and upon failing the entrance requirements for Foreign Service joined the news ...

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4. Stephen King

Writer | Maximum Overdrive

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, at the Maine General Hospital in Portland. His parents were Nellie Ruth (Pillsbury), who worked as a caregiver at a mental institute, and Donald Edwin King, a merchant seaman. His father was born under the surname "Pollock", but used the last name ...

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5. Gore Vidal

Actor | Gattaca

Gore Vidal was born Eugene Louis Vidal in 1925 in West Point, New York, to Nina (Gore) and West Point aeronautics instructor and aviation pioneer Eugene Luther Vidal. The Vidals endured a rocky marriage divorcing ten years after Gore's birth. Young Gore spent much of his childhood with his blind ...

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6. Michael Lewis

Writer | The Big Short

Michael Lewis was born on October 15, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is a writer, known for The Big Short (2015), Moneyball (2011) and The Blind Side (2009). He has been married to Tabitha Soren since October 4, 1997. They have four children.

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7. William Shakespeare

Writer | M the Movie

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

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8. Jules Verne

Writer | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) was one of the most famous French novelists of all time. His major work is the "Extraordinary Journeys", a series of more than sixty adventure novels including "Journey to the Center of the Earth", "Around the World in 80 Days", "20.000 Leagues under the Seas" and "...

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9. Hans Christian Andersen

Writer | Frozen

H.C. Andersen was born in 1805. His father (Hans Andersen) was a poor shoemaker and his mother a washerwoman. The family did not have a permanent address until 1807. The family lived for the first time together at Munkemøllestræde. The father worked as an independent shoemaker, with a workshop in ...

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10. Charles Perrault

Writer | Cinderella

He is the creator of the "Mother Goose" character. His book, "Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye" (Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals: Tales of Mother Goose) published in 1697, featured a frontispiece with an old woman with a distaff, by a ...

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11. Jacob Grimm

Writer | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Along with his brother, Wilhelm, they were both an influence on author Neil Gaiman.

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12. Wilhelm Grimm

Writer | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) was a German author and pioneering anthropologist. He was the younger brother of philologist Jacob Grimm.

Wilhelm was born in the town of Hanau, in the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel, Holy Roman Empire. His parents were Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and his wife Dorothea Zimmer, ...

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13. Mark Twain

Writer | Day of the Stranger

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...

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14. L. Frank Baum

Writer | The Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum became a success with his 1883 production of "The Maid of Arran" in 1882. He was a dreamer, had a printing press and an amateur newspaper, "The Rose Lawn Home Journal" and published a coin and stamp collecting guide. He failed at almost everything through poor business sense. He had ...

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15. Lewis Carroll

Writer | Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass."

Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a ...

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17. Agatha Christie

Writer | Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha was born as "Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller" in 1890 to Frederick Alvah Miller and Clara Boehmer. Agatha was of American and British descent, her father being American and her mother British. Her father was a relatively affluent stockbroker. Agatha received home education from early childhood ...

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18. Rudyard Kipling

Writer | The Man Who Would Be King

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, the son of John Lockwood Kipling, a museum director and author and illustrator. This was at the height of the "British Raj", so he was brought up by Indian nurses ("ayahs"), who taught him something of the beliefs and tongues of India. He was ...

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19. Mary Shelley

Writer | Young Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her...

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20. Victor Hugo

Writer | Les Misérables

Although Hugo was fascinated by poems from childhood on, he spent some time on the polytechnic university of Paris until he dedicated all his work to literature. He was one of the few authors who were allowed to reach popularity during lifetime and one of the leaders of French romance.

After the ...

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21. Robert Louis Stevenson

Writer | Treasure Planet

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a writer, known for Treasure Planet (2002), The Body Snatcher (1945) and Jekyll & Hyde. He was married to Fanny Osbourne. He died on December 3, 1894 in Vailima, Samoa.

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22. J.K. Rowling

Writer | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...

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23. Michael Crichton

Writer | Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he ...

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24. H.G. Wells

Writer | The War of the Worlds

Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific...

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25. Philip K. Dick

Writer | Blade Runner

Philip Kindred Dick was born in Chicago in December 1928, along with a twin sister, Jane. Jane died less than eight weeks later, allegedly from an allergy to mother's milk. Dick's parents split up during his childhood, and he moved with his mother to Berkeley, California, where he lived for most of...

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26. Graham Greene

Writer | The Fallen Idol

Graham Greene was one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century and his influence on the cinema and theatre was enormous. He wrote five plays and almost all of his novels, including "Brighton Rock", "The Ministry of Fear" and "The End of the Affair", have been brought to the screen. A superb ...

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27. J.R.R. Tolkien

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands ...

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28. Charles Dickens

Writer | Oliver!

Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start ...

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29. Homer

Writer | Troy

Homer is the name traditionally ascribed to the brilliant Greek bard that authored, most notably, the Iliad and the Odyssey (Western civilization's first complete stories). Nothing concrete is known of his life, but he is traditionally thought to be blind and was probably born in either Chios or ...

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30. Jane Austen

Writer | Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...

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31. Richard Matheson

Writer | Jaws 3-D

Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle". A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and ...

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32. Elmore Leonard

Writer | Out of Sight

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Elmore John Leonard Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Out of Sight (1998), Justified (2010) and Get Shorty (1995). He was married to Christine Kent, Joan Shepard and Beverly Claire Cline. He died on August 20, ...

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33. William Steig

Writer | Shrek

He was a night person who preferred to work in the evenings and seldom got out of bed before noon.

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34. Peter Benchley

Writer | Jaws

Grandson of famed humorist and actor Robert Benchley and the son of highly respected children's books author Nathaniel Benchley, novelist Peter Benchley's book were decidedly more dramatic in their content and style than his father's, and usually centered on the world's oceans as a backdrop to his ...

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35. Michael Chabon

Writer | John Carter

Michael Chabon was born on May 24, 1963 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for John Carter (2012), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Wonder Boys (2000). He has been married to Ayelet Waldman since 1993. They have four children. He was previously married to Lollie ...

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36. Stan Lee

Producer | Black Panther

Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Stan was born in New York City, to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, a dress cutter. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, ...

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37. Bob Kane

Writer | Batman Begins

Bob Kane was born on October 24, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Kahn. He was a writer, known for Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman (1989). He was married to Elizabeth Sanders. He died on November 3, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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38. Neil Simon

Writer | The Odd Couple

Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Marvin Neil Simon. He was a writer and producer, known for The Odd Couple (1968), Murder by Death (1976) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was married to Elaine Joyce, Diane Lander, Marsha Mason and Joan Baim. He died ...

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40. John le Carré

Writer | The Constant Gardener

He was born in Poole, Dorset in England on October 19th, 1931. He went to Sherborne School and, later, studied German literature for one year at University of Bern. Later, he went to Lincoln College, Oxford and graduated in Modern Languages. From 1956 to 1958, he taught at Eton and from 1959 to ...

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41. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby...

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42. Tom Perrotta

Writer | The Leftovers

Tom Perrotta was born on August 13, 1961 in Garwood, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Leftovers (2014), Little Children (2006) and Election (1999). He has been married to Mary Granfield since September 14, 1991. They have two children.

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43. Dennis Lehane

Writer | Mystic River

Dennis Lehane was born on August 4, 1965 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Mystic River (2003), The Drop (2014) and Live by Night (2016).

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44. Jerry Siegel

Writer | Superman

Jerry Siegel was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1931, he met and befriended his future partner, Joe Shuster, when the latter moved from his birthplace in Canada. Siegel and Shuster were both avid science fiction fans, publishing a fanzine in the mid-1920s. It was during this period that they read ...

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45. Joe Shuster

Writer | Superman

Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At age 9 he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he met and befriended his future partner Jerome "Jerry" Siegel. Siegel and Shuster were both avid science fiction fans, publishing a fanzine in the mid-1920s. It was during this period that ...

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46. Arthur Conan Doyle

Writer | Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. He was a writer and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock (2010) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984). He was married to Jean Leckie and Louisa Hawkins. He died on July 7, 1930 ...

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47. Gene Roddenberry

Writer | Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. He was a writer and producer, known for Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was married to Majel Barrett and Eileen Anita Rexroat. He ...

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48. Isaac Asimov

Writer | I, Robot

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Judah Ozimov, on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi shtetl, near Smolensk, Russia. He was the oldest of three children. His father, named Judah Ozimov, and his mother, named Anna Rachel Ozimov (nee Berman), were Orthodox Jews. Ozimov family were millers (the name Ozimov ...

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49. James Jones

Writer | The Thin Red Line

James Jones was born on November 6, 1921 in Robinson, Illinois, USA as James Ramon Jones. He was a writer and actor, known for The Thin Red Line (1998), From Here to Eternity (1953) and The Longest Day (1962). He was married to Gloria Jones. He died on May 9, 1977 in Southampton, New York, USA.

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50. Tom Clancy

Writer | The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990). Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield,...

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51. Mike Mignola

Writer | Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Mike Mignola was born on September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California, USA as Michael Joseph Mignola. He is known for his work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Hellboy (2019) and Hellboy (2004). He has been married to Christine Beatty Mignola since April 20, 1991. They have one child.

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52. Mark Millar

Writer | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Multi award-winning writer Mark Millar has revamped the X-Men, broke Spider-Man sales records, brought the Fantastic Four into the 21st Century and made Superman a communist. He is also the writer of the US industry's biggest-selling comic book of the past decade, Marvel's Civil War, published in ...

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53. Maxwell Anderson

Writer | All Quiet on the Western Front

James Maxwell Anderson was born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1888 to William Lincoln Anderson and Charlotte Perrimela (Stephenson) Anderson. The second child born to the couple, Anderson spent his formative years on his maternal grandmother's farm in Atlantic before the family moved ...

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54. Dale Wasserman

Writer | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Dale Wasserman was born on November 2, 1914 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The DuPont Show of the Month (1957) and Climax! (1954). He was married to Martha Nelly Garza and Ramsay Ames. He died on December 21, 2008 in ...

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55. John Irving

Writer | The Cider House Rules

John Irving was born on March 2, 1942 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA as John Wallace Blunt Jr. He is a writer and actor, known for The Cider House Rules (1999), The Door in the Floor (2004) and The World According to Garp (1982). He has been married to Janet Turnbull since 1987. They have one child....

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56. Sebastian Junger

Director | Restrepo

Sebastian Junger was born on January 17, 1962 in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA. He is a director, known for Restrepo (2010), The Perfect Storm (2000) and Korengal (2014). He has been married to Daniela since 2002.

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57. Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writer | John Carter

His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student ...

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58. Arthur C. Clarke

Writer | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke was born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England in December 16, 1917. In 1936 he moved to London, where he joined the British Interplanetary Society. There he started to experiment with astronautic material in the BIS, write the BIS Bulletin and science fiction. During ...

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59. Johnston McCulley

Writer | The Mask of Zorro

Johnston McCulley was born on February 2, 1883 in Ottawa, Illinois, USA as John William Johnston McCulley. He was a writer, known for The Mask of Zorro (1998), The Legend of Zorro (2005) and The Mark of Zorro (1920). He died on November 23, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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60. Alexandre Dumas

Writer | The Count of Monte Cristo

His paternal grandparents were Marie Cessete Dumas (a Haitian slave) and Marquis Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie. Antoine disapproved of their son, Thomas-Alexandre, joining the French army under the "Davy de la Pailleterie" name, so Thomas-Alexandre used his mother's surname instead. He became a ...

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61. Laura Hillenbrand

Writer | Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand was born on May 15, 1967 in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. She is known for her work on Seabiscuit (2003), Unbroken (2014) and Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018).

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62. Ken Kesey

Writer | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Kesey burst into the literary scene with the "Cuckoo's Nest" in 1962 which he wrote from his experiences working at a veterans hospital. During this period, he volunteered for the testing on the drug LSD. After writing his second novel, "Sometimes A Great Notion," he bought an old school bus dubbed...

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63. Chris Van Allsburg

Writer | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Chris Van Allsburg was born on June 18, 1949 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Jumanji (1995) and Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). He has been married to Lisa Van Allsburg since 1974. They have two children.

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64. Pierre Boulle

Writer | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Pierre Boulle was a French novelist best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), that were both made into award-winning films.

He was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captured and subjected to two ...

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65. John Grisham

Writer | Runaway Jury

A graduate of Mississippi State University and Ole Miss Law School, John Grisham obtained his law degree in 1981 and practiced law for about 10 years, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1983 and served until...

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66. J.G. Ballard

Writer | High-Rise

J.G. Ballard was born on November 15, 1930 in Shanghai, China as James Graham Ballard. He was a writer and actor, known for High-Rise (2015), Crash (1996) and Empire of the Sun (1987). He was married to Helen Mary Matthews. He died on April 19, 2009 in London, England.

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67. Truman Capote

Actor | Murder by Death

Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Truman Streckfus Persons. He was a writer and actor, known for Murder by Death (1976), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and The Innocents (1961). He died on August 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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68. Oscar Wilde

Writer | The Picture of Dorian Gray

A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th-century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness.

Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin before ...

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69. Louisa May Alcott

Writer | Little Women

American writer of classic children's fiction, best remembered for her novel "Little Women" (1868), an account of her own impoverished childhood and her close relationships with her siblings and parents.

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70. E.B. White

Writer | Stuart Little

E.B. White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA as Elwyn Brooks White. He was a writer and actor, known for Stuart Little (1999), Charlotte's Web (2006) and Stuart Little 2 (2002). He was married to Katharine Sergeant Angell. He died on October 1, 1985 in North Brooklin, Maine, ...

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71. Robert A. Heinlein

Writer | Starship Troopers

At the age of 17, Heinlein graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He spent one year at the University of Missouri before he entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from which he graduated as the 20th best among the 243 cadets. He spent five years in the Pacific ...

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72. Roddy Doyle

Writer | The Commitments

Roddy Doyle was born in 1958 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Commitments (1991), Family (1994) and Two Lives: Hell for Leather (1999). He is married to Belinda. They have three children.

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73. James Ellroy

Writer | L.A. Confidential

James Ellroy was born on March 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lee Earle Elroy. He is a writer and producer, known for L.A. Confidential (1997), Street Kings (2008) and The Black Dahlia (2006). He was previously married to Helen Knode.

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74. Russell Banks

Writer | The Sweet Hereafter

Russell Banks was born on March 28, 1940 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Affliction (1997) and American Darling. He has been married to Chase Twichell since 1989. He was previously married to Mary Gunst and Kathy Walton.

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75. Shel Silverstein

Soundtrack | Almost Famous

Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Sheldon Allan Silverstein. He died on May 10, 1999 in Key West, Florida, USA.

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76. Washington Irving

Writer | Sleepy Hollow

He was named after Revolutionary War general and first President George Washington.

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77. Jamie Hewlett

Writer | Tank Girl

Jamie Hewlett was born on April 3, 1968 in England. He has been married to Emma de Caunes since September 10, 2011.

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78. A.A. Milne

Writer | Christopher Robin

Based his 'Winnie the Pooh' series on his son, Christopher Robin Milne, whose favorite animal was a bear named Winnie at the London zoo.

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79. Chuck Hogan

Writer | The Town

Chuck Hogan is a writer and producer, known for The Town (2010), 13 Hours (2016) and The Strain (2014).

The Town 13 Hours

80. Philippe Djian

Writer | Elle

Philippe Djian was born on June 3, 1949 in Paris, France. He is a writer, known for Elle (2016), Betty Blue (1986) and Bleu comme l'enfer (1986). He has been married to Djian Année since 1993. They have three children.

Betty Blue Elle

81. James Baldwin

Writer | I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and American Playhouse (1981). He died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

I Am Not Your Negro If Beale Street Could Talk

82. Joan Didion

Writer | A Star Is Born

Joan Didion was born on December 5, 1934 in Sacramento, California, USA. She is a writer, known for A Star Is Born (2018), Up Close & Personal (1996) and The Panic in Needle Park (1971). She was previously married to John Gregory Dunne.

A Star Is Born (1976 film) Up Close & Personal A Star Is Born (2018 film)

83. P.L. Travers

Writer | Mary Poppins

P.L. Travers was born on August 9, 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia as Helen Lyndon Goff. She is known for her work on Mary Poppins (1964), Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and Studio One in Hollywood (1948). She died on April 23, 1996 in Chelsea, London, England.

Marry Poppins Marry Poppins Returns

Beauty and the Beast (1991 film) Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)

85. Dodie Smith

Writer | 101 Dalmatians

Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled "A Childhood in Manchester"). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she ...

The Uninvited To Each His Own 102 Dalmatians

86. Patricia Highsmith

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith was born on January 19, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Mary Patricia Plangman. She was a writer, known for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Strangers on a Train (1951) and The Two Faces of January (2014). She died on February 4, 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.

Strangers on a Train The Talented Mr. Ripley Carol

87. Anthony Burgess

Writer | A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess was born on February 25, 1917 in Manchester, England as John Anthony Burgess Wilson. He is known for his work on A Clockwork Orange (1971), Vinyl (1965) and Jesus of Nazareth (1977). He was married to Liana Burgess and Llewela Isherwood Jones. He died on November 22, 1993 in London,...

A Clockwork Orange Quest for Fire Cyrano de Bergerac (1990 film)

88. William Joyce

Producer | Epic

William Joyce was born on December 11, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Epic (2013), The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) and Rolie Polie Olie (1998).

Toy Story A Bug's Life The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

89. Michel Gagné

Visual_effects | The Iron Giant

Michel Gagne was born in Quebec, Canada. As a young man, he studied animation at Sheridan College School of Visual Arts in Ontario, Canada.

In 1985, he began a highly successful career drawing characters, special effects and conceptual designs for companies such as Don Bluth Animation, Warner Bros.,...

An American Tail Quest for Camelot The Incredibles Ratatouille Brave Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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