Ernest Lehman

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Born and raised in New York City, Ernest Lehman worked as a publicity writer for The Hollywood Reporter columnist Irving Hoffman and utilized his experience in scripting Alexander Mackendrick's "Sweet Smell of Success" ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1915 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (19)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Black Sunday 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sound of Music 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Prize 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

North By Northwest 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Smell of Success 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Smell of Success 1957 (Movie)

from novelette("Tell Me About It Tomorrow") (Source Material (from novel))

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The King and I 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Executive Suite 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sabrina 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hello, Dolly! 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)
Director (1)

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Born and raised in New York City, Ernest Lehman worked as a publicity writer for The Hollywood Reporter columnist Irving Hoffman and utilized his experience in scripting Alexander Mackendrick's "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957). Though the screenplay bears the stamp of Lehman's co-writer Clifford Odets, this dark and cruel tale originated as a story published by Lehman in Cosmopolitan (1951). This and other stories, one of which became Allan Dwan's "The Inside Story" (1948), brought him to the attention of Hollywood, where he settled in 1953.

Relationships

Alan Lehman

Son

Roger Lehman

Son

Jonathan Lehman

Son
born on January 31, 2002 mother, Laurie Sherman

Jacqueline Shapiro

Wife
Married 1942 until her death 1994

Laurie Sherman

Wife
Born c. 1966 Reportedly met over the Internet Married Oct. 12, 1997 until his death 2005

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1983

Served as President of Writers Guild of America West

1982

Published novel "Farewell Performance"

1981

Published "Screening Sickness", a collection of writings on the cinema

1977

Published novel "The French Atlantic Affair"

1976

Was co-screenwriter on Frankenheimer's "Black Sunday"

1976

Wrote screenplay for Hitchcock's final movie "Family Plot"

1968

Wrote and produced "Hello, Dolly!", directed by Gene Kelly

1966

Adapted Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" for the screen; also produced film

1965

Reteamed with Wise as writer of "The Sound of Music"

1963

Wrote screenplay for Robson's "The Prize"

1961

Provided screenplay adaptation for Wise's "West Side Story"

1960

Wrote screenplay for Mark Robson's "From the Terrace"

1959

Scripted Hitchcock's "North by Northwest"

1957

Published "Sweet Smell of Success and Other Stories"

1957

Shared screenwriting credit with Clifford Odets on Alexander Mackendrick's "The Sweet Smell of Success", adapted from Lehman's short story, "Tell Me About It Tomorrow"

1957

Rod Serling adapted his novellete "The Comedian" for a "Playhouse 90" production of same name directed by John Frankenheimer

1956

Wrote screenplay for "Somebody Up There Likes Me"

1956

Adapted the stage musical "The King and I" as a feature

1954

Shared screenwriting credit with Billy Wilder and Samuel Taylor on Wilder's "Sabrina"

1953

Moved to Hollywood

1953

Wrote screenplay for Robert Wise's "Executive Suite"

1951

Published "Tell Me About It Tomorrow" in Cosmopolitan, the basis for "The Sweet Smell of Success"

1948

Sold story to Hollywood that became "The Inside Story", directed by Allan Dwan

Co-wrote Academy Awards show telecasts in 1987, 1988 and 1990

Worked as a columnist for American Film in late 1970s

Worked three years as publicity writer for The Hollywood Reporter columnist Irving Hoffman

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