This screenwriter does not have many credits on his resume, but Stewart Stern makes up for quantity with quality. His work shows a particular gift for intimate character studies of alienated people wh...
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|The Last Movie||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|A Christmas to Remember||Screenwriter||n/a||7|
|Paul Newman (1999-2000)||Actor||Interviewee||1999||1|
|Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1982-1983)||Actor||Writer||1982||1|
|The Celluloid Closet||Actor||Himself||1|
|The Last Movie||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|The Ugly American||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|The James Dean Story||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|A Christmas to Remember (1977-1978)||Screenplay||n/a||1977||4000005|
|Rebel Without a Cause||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|The Last Movie||From Story||n/a||4000006|
|Thunder in the Sun||Writer (adaptation)||adaptation||4000006|
|The Ugly American||From Story||n/a||4000008|
|Playhouse 90 (1955-1959)||Writer||n/a||1955||4000040|
|First screenwriting credit, "Teresa"|
|Worked on "Rachel, Rachel," the first of four projects with Joanne Woodward|
|Wrote for "Playhouse 90" (CBS) in the 1950s|
|Last feature film credit to date, "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"|
|First film credit, dialogue director on "Railroaded"|
|Wrote TV miniseries "Sybil" (NBC)|
|Left college in Iowa and returned to NYC upon the sudden death of his favorite teacher in art school, Emil Ganso|
|Returned to the University of Iowa after he won an acting contest and received a theater scholarship for a summer in East Hampton, NY; changed his major to theater arts upon return to college|
Stern's next film is perhaps his best-remembered, the quintessential teen "problem" flick, "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955), which rocketed James Dean to his brief stardom and set the look and angst quotient for teens of the era. A respectable Paul Newman drama, "The Rack" (1956, from a Rod Serling teleplay) and then the documentary "The James Dean Story" (1957) followed. Stern helped adapt the 1959 Russell Rouse script for "Thunder in the Sun", before writing one of Tony Curtis' most interesting star vehicles, "The Outsider" (1962), a biopic of a Native American soldier who helped raise the US flag at Iwo Jima during WWII. But his next real hit did not come until 1963 with "The Ugly American", a political drama he adapted from the novel by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer.
Five years passed before Stern's next film, Paul Newman's "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), featuring Joanne Woodward's tour-de-force performance as a repressed schoolteacher. His subsequent ventures, however, were not as well appreciated in their day, even though "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973), which continued his collaboration with Woodward, was a focused, intelligent drama. Stern's other effort from the period, Dennis Hopper's incredibly bizarre, indulgent and endlessly self-reflexive Western, "The Last Movie" (1971), was not just ignored--it was critically savaged at the time. More recently, its endless barrage of provocative, experimentally presented, if sometimes half-baked, ideas have led to a newfound respect for the film.
Stern's career in features was undoubtedly hurt by the failure of "The Last Movie", but he was able to continue his work in TV. The highly successful NBC miniseries "Sybil" (1976), with Woodward as a psychiatrist treating the sixteen faces of schizophrenic Sally Field, won him an Emmy, and "A Christmas to Remember" (CBS, 1978), though somewhat cloying, was certainly heartfelt. Although Stern has been inactive as a screenwriter since the 1980s, he has proved a lively, intelligent and articulate interview subject in the documentaries "Stelle Emigrante" (1983) and "The Celluloid Closet" (1996).
|Frances Kay||Mother||studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and, through the connection with her brother-in-law Adolph Zukor, played supporting roles in a number of silent films and Broadway musicals; Kay's career ended because her mother thought acting a sinful public exhibition|
|Adolph Zukor||Uncle||was married to Stern's mother's elder sister|
|University of Iowa|
|Stern served in the infantry in WWII|
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