Schulberg, Budd

Schulberg, Budd

(Budd Wilson Schulberg), 1914–2009, American writer, b. New York City, grad. Dartmouth (1936). Because his father was an executive at Paramount Studios, Schulberg could observe the corruption of the film industry. His novel What Makes Sammy Run? (1941) is about the rise of a ruthlessly ambitious film magnate. Among his other novels are The Harder They Fall (1947), The Disenchanted (1950, play 1958), and Sanctuary V (1969). He wrote the stories and screenplays for On the Waterfront (1954), which won him an Academy Award, and for A Face in the Crowd (1957), both directed by Elia KazanKazan, Elia
, 1909–2003, American stage and film director, producer, writer, actor, b. Turkey, as Elia Kazanjoglous. Immigrating with his Greek family to the United States in 1913, Kazan studied at Williams College and the Yale Drama School before beginning his acting
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. Schulberg also helped found the Douglass House Watts Writers Workshop in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and New York's Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center (1971).

Bibliography

See his autobiographical Moving Pictures (1981, repr. 2003); N. Beck, Budd Schulberg: A Bio-Bibliography (2001).

Schulberg, Budd

(1914–  ) screenwriter; born in New York City. Growing up in Hollywood as the son of early film producer Benjamin P. Schulberg, he started working at age 17 as a publicist for Paramount, becoming a scriptwriter at 19. His 1941 novel, What Makes Sammy Run? was an inside look at Hollywood. During World War II he made documentary films with John Ford. Having flirted with Communism in the 1930s, he named certain Hollywood colleagues as fellow travelers during the McCarthy era. He won an Academy Award for the screenplay and story for On The Waterfront (1954).