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Overview (2)

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameBernard Frederick Newbound

Mini Bio (1)

Bernard Slade was born on May 2, 1930 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada as Bernard Frederick Newbound. He is known for his work on Same Time, Next Year (1978), Tribute (1980) and The Girl with Something Extra (1973). He was previously married to Jill Foster.

Spouse (1)

Jill Foster (25 July 1953 - 24 March 2017) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (2)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1975 Tony Award as author of Best Play nominee "Same Time, Next Year."
Father of Laurie Newbound and Christopher Newbound.

Personal Quotes (4)

I think I have a very good eye for talent, so when I saw the screen test with Danny [Bonaduce], even though he wasn't what I had envisioned for the role, it was obvious that he had the talent. It's very rare to find a kid that age who has that innate comedy timing. He had it and it just came off the screen.
I didn't really go on the set a lot. I was writing and there was really no reason. I don't even think the writer went to the first reading of the script. It wasn't like today, where something is rewritten every single day. When they had the first table-reading of the script back then, that was the script that was shot. As I recall, there were almost no changes made from the original script.
[on casting 'The Partridge Family'] I remember getting a surprising call at my house from Jane Powell. She said she had just read the script, and said it was her life! I thought, 'How strange! How could this little script be her life?'
[on writing for television in the 1970s] It was a lot easier in those days. Basically, I would just go and present it orally to the network. Well, first to Screen Gems, and then the network. They would say, 'Okay, fine'. Then I would go away and write it. I very rarely ever did outlines or anything like that, because I was successful at getting stuff on the air. I was treated better than most. But there was very little to object to. Network executives don't really understand comedy.

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