Peter Stone

Screenwriter, Playwright
Peter Stone is an acclaimed Tony- and Oscar-winning writer who began in TV and moved to motion pictures and the theater. The son of a schoolteacher-turn-motion picture producer, Stone was raised in L.A. and after ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1930 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (26)

The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 (Movie)

(from original screeplay: "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three") (Source Material)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

(original screenplay-based on the motion picture "Charade") (Source Material)

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

From Story

Van-Pires 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Story By

Dragon Flyz 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Story By

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Why Would I Lie? 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Happy Endings 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

Adam's Rib 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

1776 1972 (Movie)

("1776") (Play as Source Material)

1776 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Skin Game 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jigsaw 1968 (Movie)

from screenplay("Mirage") (From Story)

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mirage 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Father Goose 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

("The Unsuspecting Wife") (From Story)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grand Larceny (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (5)

Betty Buckley 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Talking With David Frost (12/18/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Fosse: Steam Heat 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Music By Richard Rodgers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Screenwriter (Actor)
Producer (2)

Baby on Board 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Producer

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Peter Stone is an acclaimed Tony- and Oscar-winning writer who began in TV and moved to motion pictures and the theater. The son of a schoolteacher-turn-motion picture producer, Stone was raised in L.A. and after heading East for schooling began his career in live TV. He went on to script such well-received motion pictures as "Charade" (1963) and "Father Goose" (1964, for which he won an Academy Award) and has provided the book for several Broadway musicals, notably "1776" (1969) and "Woman of the Year" (1981).

Stone's theatrical work began in 1958 when his play, "Friend of the Family", was produced in St Louis. By 1961, he had written the book for the unsuccessful Broadway musical "Kean". His second venture, "Skyscraper" (1965), also didn't fare well at the box office. His first real success was "1776", an unlikely but powerful musical about the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Winning the Tony as Best Musical, it had a healthy run on Broadway and was a modest success in London. Stone adapted Clifford Odets' "The Flowering Peach", about Noah and the ark, as a musical vehicle for Danny Kaye, with a score by Richard Rodgers. He later adapted the classic 1959 Billy Wilder film "Some Like It Hot" as "Sugar" (1972), which earned mixed reviews, and turned the 1942 Tracy-Hepburn comedy "Woman of the Year" into a 1981 star vehicle for Lauren Bacall. His polish of the book for "My One and Only" (1983) helped solidify Tommy Tune's reputation and Stone reportedly did uncredited work on Tune's staging of "Grand Hotel" in 1990. He and Tune again collaborated on the award-winning "The Will Rogers Follies" in 1992 and Stone wrote the poorly reviewed "Titanic" in 1997.

In motion pictures, Stone was a success almost immediately. His first produced screenplay, "Charade" (1963), which he also novelized, was a mystery with romance that paired Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It offered more twists, turns and surprises than one might think a movie could hold as a bevy of unsavory characters try to discover where Hepburn's deceased husband hid $250,000. Oddly, Stone won the Academy Award for his next screenplay, "Father Goose", again starring Grant as a beach bum-turned-lookout for the Australians during World War II who doubles as a guardian of schoolgirls. Although the 1964 film was well-received, it garnered neither the critical acclaim of "Charade" nor the box office success. Stone continued to excel at adaptations, with the musical "Sweet Charity" (1969) and "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" (1980), based on the mystery novel about a nefarious gang who hijack a subway train. Later came "Why Would I Lie?" (1980), which put Treat Williams as a social worker trying to unite a youth with his ex-con mother. Stone took a long sojourn from the big screen until "Just Cause" (1995), which starred Sean Connery as a famed law professor trying to prove Blair Underwood innocent of a crime for which he was convicted.

The writer's small screen work dates back to an episode of "Studio One" (CBS, 1956), and also includes episodes of "The Defenders" (CBS, 1961-62). Stone was involved in the creation of the TV adaptation of "Adam's Rib" (ABC, 1973-74), a sitcom based on the 1949 Tracy-Hepburn classic, and "Ivan the Terrible" (CBS, 1976), a short-lived but witty series with Lou Jacobi as the head of an extended Moscow. Stone also adapted George Bernard Shaw's "Androcles and the Lion" (NBC, 1968) and penned "Grand Larceny", a 1989 syndicated TV-movie about a female master thief. Stone has also appeared on talk shows and retrospectives, and was a frequent panelist on the PBS show "The Week in Review".

Relationships

Hilda Stone

Mother

Mary O'Hanley

Wife
married on February 17, 1961

John Stone

Father

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1953

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York 1951

Milestones

2003

Penned the the original book for the Broadway musical "Curtains" which was adapted by Rupert Holmes for Broadway; premiered in 2007 starring David Hyde Pierce; earned a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical

1999

Adapted the original book for the stage musical revival of "Annie Get Your Gun", starring Bernadette Peters

1997

Scripted the musical "Titanic"

1995

Co-wrote feature "Just Cause"

1991

Provided book for "The Will Rogers Follies", directed by Tune

1990

Reportedly did uncredited script doctoring on "Grand Hotel", directed by Tommy Tune

1983

First stage collaboration with Tommy Tune, as book writer for "My One and Only"

1981

Wrote book for "Woman of the Year"; won Tony Award

1973

Play "Full Circle" produced on Broadway

1972

Adapted "1776" for the screen

1972

Wrote stage musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot"; show called "Sugar"

1969

Provided book for "Two by Two", a musical version of Clifford Odets' "The Flowering Peach", about Noah and the building of the ark

1968

Adapted Neil Simon's "Sweet Charity" as a feature

1968

Wrote book for Tony-winning musical "1776", about the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence

1964

Wrote screenplay for "Father Goose"; won Oscar

1963

Had first screenplay produced, "Charade"

1961

Wrote for CBS TV series "The Defenders"

1960

Wrote book for Broadway musical "Kean"

1958

First play, "Friend of the Family", produced in St Louis, MO

1956

Wrote teleplay for "Studio One"

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