Arthur Laurents

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
Considered by many to be American theater's greatest librettist, Arthur Laurents was also remembered as a prolific stage director and screenwriter, whose credits include the books for the musicals "West Side Story" ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Writer (10)

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

from screenplay (From Story)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)


The Way We Were 1973 (Movie)


The Way We Were 1973 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Bonjour Tristesse 1958 (Movie)


Anastasia 1956 (Movie)


Summertime 1955 (Movie)

("The Time of the Cuckoo") (Play as Source Material)

Rope 1948 (Movie)


Gypsy (TV Show)

Actor (7)

Hollywood Contra Franco 2009 (Movie)


Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Gypsy Rose Lee: Naked Ambition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer (1)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)



Considered by many to be American theater's greatest librettist, Arthur Laurents was also remembered as a prolific stage director and screenwriter, whose credits include the books for the musicals "West Side Story" (1957) and "Gypsy" (1959), as well as the screenplay for "The Way We Were" (1973). Although he received his start in radio, Laurents had long aspired to write plays, and in 1945 made his Broadway debut with the premiere of the wartime drama "Home of the Brave," which was later adapted for film. Early work in Hollywood included the script for Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Rope" (1948), before his film career was temporarily derailed by accusations leveled at him during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s. He enjoyed a successful return to film with his script for the historical drama "Anastasia" (1956) prior to his triumph alongside frequent future collaborator Stephen Sondheim on the smash musical "West Side Story." Unbelievably, Laurents topped his previous achievement with the universally acclaimed musical memoir "Gypsy," featuring Ethel Merman in the role of her career. In the early 1960s, Laurents introduced a then-unknown Barbara Streisand to the world in the Broadway musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale," only to provide her with the script for one of her biggest box-office hits, "The Way We Were" a decade later. Less than five years later, he followed with the screenplay for yet another Oscar-nominated film, "The Turning Point" (1977), and in 1983 directed the Broadway smash hit "La Cage aux Folles." As a writer and director, Laurents sought to create works that would not only entertain, but that would also - and perhaps most importantly - educate, elucidate, and inspire.


Ada Laurents


Farley Granger Actor

Had relationship during during the 40s and early 50s as per his autobiography, Original Story By

Tom Hatcher

Together from 1955 until his death in 2006 of lung cancer

Irving Laurents



Cornell University

Ithaca , New York 1937

Erasmus High School

Brooklyn , New York



Directed the Encores! production of "Gypsy" starring Patti LuPone in the lead role; earned a Tony nomination for Best Direction


Published his memoir, Original Story By; in the book the author reveals that he is homosexual


Worked with Stephen Sondheim to slightly revise the musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?"; based on his play "Time of the Cuckoo"


Revised version of "Jolson Sings Again" premiered at George Street Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey


Premiered "Jolson Sings Again" at the Seattle Repertory Theater


Wrote and directed the short-lived musical "Nick and Nora"


Directed second revival of "Gypsy" starring Tyne Daly


Won second Tony Award for directing the stage musical "La Cage aux Folles"


Worked with Phyllis Newman on her one-woman show "The Madwoman of Central Park West"


Wrote screenplay for "The Turning Point"; also co-produced with Herbert Ross; garnered Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay


Directed first London production of "Gypsy" starring Angela Lansbury and Broadway production (1974)


Wrote screenplay for "The Way We Were" starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford


Published novel, The Way We Were


Wrote "Hallelujah, Baby!" for Broadway; show won Best Musical Tony Award; only time (to date) award has been presented to a production that had closed


Adapted play "The Time of the Cuckoo" as a musical, "Do I Hear a Waltz?"; lyrics by Sondheim with music by Richard Rodgers


Directed Barbra Streisand in her star-making Broadway debut, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale"


Broadway directorial debut with his own play, "Invitation to a March"; Sondheim composed incidental music for the production


Penned the book for stage musical "Gypsy"; considered by many critics as a model of the perfect book for a musical; reunited with director Robbins and lyricist Sondheim; Jule Styne provided the musical score


Wrote book for the ground-breaking stage musical "West Side Story"; directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein


Scripted the feature "Anastasia"; based on a woman who claimed to be the surviving daughter of Czar Nicholas II


Had stage success with "The Time of the Cuckoo"; later became the David Lean/Katherine Hepburn film "Summertime" (1955)


Penned the script for Hitchcock's "Rope"


First feature credit as one of three writers of "The Snake Pit"


Had first Broadway play produced, "Home of the Brave"


Rose to rank of sergeant while serving in the military


Wrote first radio play, "Now Playing Tomorrow"