Norman Mailer

Novelist, Director, Screenwriter
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer was often called a literary lion, even long before his death in November 2007. Well known not only for his anti-war novel The Naked and the Dead (1948), he also found ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hijacking Catastrophe 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New York in the Fifties 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cremaster 2 1999 (Movie)

Harry Houdini (Actor)

The Lives of Lillian Hellman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked and the Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lee Harvey Oswald 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Odyssey of John Dos Passos 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Edge 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Norman Mailer Talking With David Frost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Obit Writer 1992 (Movie)

Martin Rattle (Actor)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Storytellers: The PEN Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

LIFE: Fifty Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bret Maverick 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

Stanford White (Actor)

Town Bloody Hall 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Year of the Woman 1972 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Maidstone 1971 (Movie)

Kingsley (Actor)

Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond the Law 1968 (Movie)

Lieutenant Francis Xavier Pope (Actor)

Diaries, Notes and Sketches 1968 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wild 90 1968 (Movie)

The Prince (Actor)

Mailer on Mailer (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (12)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Cremaster 2 1999 (Movie)

("The Executioner's Song") (Book as Source Material)

The Time of Her Time 1996 (Movie)

from novella("The Time of Her Time") (Source Material (from novel))

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

("Tough Guys Don't Dance") (Source Material (from novel))

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maidstone 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beyond the Law 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

Wild 90 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

("An American Dream") (Source Material (from novel))

The Naked and the Dead 1958 (Movie)

("The Naked and the Dead") (Source Material (from novel))

Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (4)

Lonesome 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Maidstone 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beyond the Law 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild 90 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (4)

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Maidstone 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond the Law 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild 90 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (3)

Maidstone 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)

Beyond the Law 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Wild 90 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer was often called a literary lion, even long before his death in November 2007. Well known not only for his anti-war novel The Naked and the Dead (1948), he also found time to squeeze in work as a journalist, provocateur, womanizer, political candidate, film director, and actor. He wrote over 30 books and won the Pulitzer twice for The Armies of the Night (1968) and The Executioner's Song (1979). While his work was hailed and reviled at the same time, the World War II veteran stood his ground and was fearless when it came to his views on U.S. politics, especially during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. He made headlines frequently, most notoriously in 1960 when he stabbed Adele Morales, his second of six wives, with a penknife. Yet Mailer was as much a hero to some as he was a villain in the eyes of others. As a founding father of New Journalism, Mailer was critical in a movement that started in the 1960s; one that eventually gave birth to the weekly alternative newspaper The Village Voice - the modern hipster's Bible. The author and former soldier also contributed much to the film industry, adapting his work such as "The Executioner's Song" into movies, and directing Ryan O'Neal and Isabella Rossellini in "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987). Mailer packed a lot into his 84 years, making both his life and work an integral part of the American cultural fabric.

Relationships

Maggie Alexander Actor

Daughter
Born in 1971 mother, Carol Stevens

Barbara Alson

Sister

Beverly Bentley Actor

Wife
She appeared in, among others, first three films Mailer directed including "Maidstone" (1970)

Jean Campbell

Wife

Norris Church Mailer Actor

Wife
Acted opposite each other in "Ragtime" Married Nov. 11, 1980 until his death Nov. 10, 2007

Isaac Mailer

Father
Immigrated to USA from South Africa by way of England

Fanny Mailer

Mother

Elizabeth Mailer

Daughter
Mother, Adele Morales

Kate Mailer

Daughter
Born August 18, 1962 appeared in "King Lear" (1987) as Norman Mailer's daughter mother, Jeanne Campbell

Susan Mailer

Daughter
Mother, Beatrice Silverman

John Mailer

Son
Born c. 1978 mother, Norris Church

Matt Mailer

Son
Mailer informally adopted Matthew Norris, Norris Church's son by her first husband, Larry Norris

Michael Mailer

Son
Head of Chronicle Films mother, Beverly Bentley

Stephen Mailer

Son
Born March 10, 1966 mother, Beverly Bentley married to actress Lindsay Marx

Adele Morales

Wife
Married 1954 In 1960, Mailer stabbed her with a pen knife at a party; she made a full physical recovery and later published a memoir of their marriage The Last Party (1997), which outlined her perception of the incident Divorced 1962 She appeared in his film "Maidstone" (1970)

Danielle Moschen

Daughter
Mother, Adele Morales

Beatrice Silverman

Wife
Married 1944 Divorced 1952

Carol Stevens

Wife
Separated one day after their wedding and later divorced 1980

EDUCATION

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New York , New York

University of Paris

Paris 1947

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1944

Brooklyn Boys High School

Brooklyn , New York 1939

Milestones

2008

Penned his final the novel, The Castle in the Forest, which tells the story of Adolf Hitler as a kid; book released after his death

2004

Made his TV acting debut by playing himself on an episode of the WB's "Gilmore Girls"

2000

Penned the teleplay for "An American Tragedy" (CBS), a miniseries about the O J Simpson murder trial

1999

Had featured role as Harry Houdini in "Cremaster 2"

1993

Acted in "The Obit Writer", directed by Brian Cox

1987

Wrote and directed "Tough Guys Don't Dance"

1987

Appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's "King Lear"

1981

Portrayed architect Stanford White in Milos Forman's "Ragtime"

1973

Sparred with Jose Torres on "The Dick Cavett Show"

1969

Directed "Maidstone" in which three of his former wives appeared; also edited, wrote and produced

1968

Ran for the office of mayor of New York

1968

Made second film "Wild 90"; also editor, screenwriter, actor and producer

1968

Directed, produced, scripted, edited and acted in "Beyond the Law"

1967

Jailed for protesting American involvement in Vietnam

1955

Was one of the co-founders of the alternative weekly newspaper Village Voice

1949

Under contract to Samuel Goldwyn

1948

Worked as a journalist at The New York Post

1947

Published first novel, The Naked and the Dead

1943

Served in US Army

1940

Won college contest; first fiction, "The Greatest Thing in the World", published in Story Magazine

Arrested for stabbing second wife Adele Morales twice with a penknife at their Manhattan apartment on November 20, 1960 after a party, unofficially kicking off his New York mayoral campaign; spent 17 days at Bellevue Hospital under psychiatric observation

Had fiction published in The Harvard Advocate

Edited Dissent

Bonus Trivia

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"The few times I've acted, I've been amazed at how real you can feel when you're acting. Sometimes more real than you can feel in your own life." - Norman Mailer in New York Times Magazine, Sep. 22, 1991

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"When you're a serious writer, there is a natural tendency to think that maybe you are the best. However, you have to be slightly amused by yourself, because you know others are thinking the same thing. And it's not just the three of us — there must be 10 writers in America who think they're the best. Maybe there are 20 such people. And who knows? History will tell us who's best. And history can be wrong too." - Mailer to EW, Jan. 10, 2007

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