Bo Goldman

Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer
Born one of five children to a wealthy retail magnate who lost his fortune in the Great Depression, Goldman served in the Army for several years after graduating from Princeton. He worked as an associate producer on ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1932 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Little Nikita 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swing Shift 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shoot the Moon 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Murder on the Bridge 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Enemies 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

June Moon (TV Show)

Producer
Music (1)

When the Legends Die 1971 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

Born one of five children to a wealthy retail magnate who lost his fortune in the Great Depression, Goldman served in the Army for several years after graduating from Princeton. He worked as an associate producer on "Playhouse 90" for CBS from 1958 to 1960 and also wrote the lyrics for a Broadway show, "First Impressions" (1959), based on Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice". Despite some subsequent work on TV, his career stalled as his decade of labor on a planned stage musical about the Civil War never came to fruition.

Relationships

Amy Goldman

Daughter

Diana Goldman

Daughter

Mia Goldman

Daughter

Justin Goldman

Son

Mab Ashforth

Wife
married January 2, 1954 at one time ran a food store named Loaves and Fishes

Julian Goldman

Father
at the peak of his wealth, employed Franklin D Roosevelt as his attorney, owned a racing stable in France, and a Fifth Ave. duplex that was the subject of of an entire issue of "House Beautiful" was also a Broadway producer lost his fortune during the Great Depression died bankrupt

Lillian Goldman

Mother

Serena Goldman

Daughter
married to actor-director Todd Field

Jesse Goldman

Son
died at age 22 in 1981 when struck by a driver who had run a stop sign

EDUCATION

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter , New Hampshire

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1953
(AB)

Milestones

1998

Received screenwriting credit on "Meet Joe Black", a loose remake of "Death Takes a Holiday"

1996

Contributed to the screenplay for the Pacino vehicle "City Hall"

1992

Received third Oscar nomination for work on screenplay for "Scent of a Woman", starring Al Pacino

1990

Served as a special consultant for Warren Beatty's feature film, "Dick Tracy"

1981

Career interrupted after the death of his son Jesse

1980

Picked up second Oscar for script for "Melvin and Howard"

1975

First screenplays, "End of the Game" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; won the Academy Award for the latter

1974

Moved out to Hollywood (date approximate)

1972

Wrote the screenplay for "Shoot the Moon", which was not filmed until nearly a decade later

1972

Wrote a song for the feature film, "When the Legends Die"

1959

Wrote the lyrics (with Glen Paxton) for "First Impressions," a Broadway musical based on Jane Austen's classic novel, "Pride and Prejudice"

1954

Served in the US Army; achieved the rank of sergeant

Was a writer and producer for "Theater in America," a PBS TV series; produced TV presentations of well-known plays including "Enemies" by Maxim Gorky and "June Moon" by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner

Was an associate producer for CBS-TV's "Playhouse 90"

Worked with NET Playhouse for PBS

Worked intermittently on a musical about the Civil War for over a decade

Bonus Trivia

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"Somebody once said to me, 'When in doubt, Bo goes for the pain,'...It's a painful profession, with all this tension. And if you're lucky enough to get recognition and be good at it, then this tension gets tighter and tighter between you and the studio and the director. You're fighting for your work all the time. That's the pain. The pain comes from that tension. And they hold all the cards. And to them it's shoes. They're selling shoes." --Bo Goldman, quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 25, 1993.

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