Ernest Lehman (born December 8, 1915 in New York City , † July 2, 2005 in Los Angeles ) was an American screenwriter . He wrote the scripts for some classic films such as The Invisible Third , West Side Story and My Songs - My Dreams . In 2001 he received the honorary Oscar for his life's work
Ernest Lehman grew up in a wealthy family on Long Island . However, the global economic crisis reduced the family fortune. Lehman graduated from the College of the City of New York and started writing as a freelance writer. Since he regarded this form of employment as unsafe, he worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency. He used the experience he gained as the basis for his novel My Destiny in Your Hand .
Lehman wrote numerous short stories and novellas for magazines such as Collier’s , Redbook and Cosmopolitan . With this he drew the attention of Hollywood and was hired as a writer by the Paramount Pictures studio in the mid-1950s . His first film The Intriguers was a success. He then wrote the script for Sabrina , which also became a cinematic success.
Lehman was one of the few who was convinced that a theatrical version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to be able to create. He convinced studio boss Jack L. Warner of this, and the finished film was critically acclaimed and nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.
Lehman's only directorial work was the 1972 film adaptation of Portnoy's Complaint . In 1979 he ended his career as a screenwriter, with a few exceptions for television work.
Lehman was president of the Writers Guild of America from 1983 to 1985 .
On July 2, 2005, Lehman died after a prolonged illness at UCLA Medical Center .
Lehman's first marriage to Jacqueline from 1942 to 1994 until her death, they have two children. He eventually married Laurie, with whom he became a father again at the age of 86.
Lehman was nominated six times for an Oscar and finally received an honorary Oscar for his life's work in 2001 - as the first screenwriter.
- 1954: The Intriguers ( Executive Suite ) - Director: Robert Wise
- 1954: Sabrina ( Sabrina ) - based on a play by Samuel A. Taylor - directed by Billy Wilder
- 1956: The King and I ( The King and I ) - based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon and the musical of the same name - Director: Walter Lang
- 1956: Somebody Up There Likes Me ( Somebody Up There Likes Me ) - according to the autobiography of Rocky Graziano - Director: Robert Wise
- 1957: Your fate in my hand ( Sweet Smell of Success ) - Screenplay based on a short story of your own - Director: Alexander Mackendrick
- 1959: The Invisible Third ( North by Northwest ) - Director: Alfred Hitchcock
- 1960: From the Terrace - Director: Mark Robson
- 1961: West Side Story ( West Side Story ) - based on the musical of the same name - directed by Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
- 1963: The Prize / No Laurel for the Murderer ( The Prize ) - Director: Mark Robson
- 1965: My songs - my dreams ( The Sound of Music ) - Director: Robert Wise
- 1966: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ( Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ) - based on the play of the same name by Edward Albee - directed by Mike Nichols
- 1969: Hello, Dolly! ( Hello, Dolly! ) - based on the musical of the same name - directed by Gene Kelly
- 1971: Portnoy's Complaint - Screenplay based on the novel Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth , also directed and produced by EL
- 1976: Family grave ( Family Plot ) - Director: Alfred Hitchcock
- 1977: Black Sunday ( Black Sunday ) - Director: John Frankenheimer
- 1979: Victor Charlie Calls Lima Sierra ( The French Atlantic Affair ) (Miniseries) - Director: Douglas Heyes
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American screenwriter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 8, 1915|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||New York City|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 2, 2005|
|Place of death||los Angeles|