William Goldman





William Goldman

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in Highland Park, Illinois, The United States
August 12, 1931

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Irwin Shaw, Ingmar Bergman, Ross Macdonald


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Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.

William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used as the foundation for his screenplays. In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood (in one of these he famously remarked that "Nobody knows anything"). He then returned to writing novels. He then adapted his novel The Princess Bride to the screen, which marked his re-entry into screenwriti...more


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The Princess Bride
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 412,371 ratings — published 1973 — 104 editions
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Marathon Man
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 9,281 ratings — published 1974 — 21 editions
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Adventures in the Screen Trade
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 2,396 ratings — published 1983 — 17 editions
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Which Lie Did I Tell?: More...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,181 ratings — published 2000 — 8 editions
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The Silent Gondoliers
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 861 ratings — published 1983 — 5 editions
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Magic
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 723 ratings — published 1976 — 11 editions
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Boys and Girls Together
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The Temple of Gold
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 462 ratings — published 1957 — 11 editions
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The Colour of Light
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 314 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions
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Brothers
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays

“When I was your age, television was called books.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

“Just because you're beautiful and perfect, it's made you conceited.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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