Ring Lardner Jr.

Screenwriter, Reporter, Publicist
A Hollywood publicist and New York reporter who turned script doctor before having his own screenplays produced in the 1940s, Ring Lardner Jr. 's notable contributions include the acid satire, "Nothing Sacred" (1937) ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1915 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Brotherhood of Man 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Greatest 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Woman of the Year 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

From Story

La Mortadella 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Mortadella 1971 (Movie)

adaptation(English-language version) (Writer (adaptation))

M*A*S*H 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Virgin Island 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tomorrow the World 1944 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Woman of the Year 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (5)

Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

My Name Is Bertolt Brecht - Exile in U.S.A. 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

A Hollywood publicist and New York reporter who turned script doctor before having his own screenplays produced in the 1940s, Ring Lardner Jr. 's notable contributions include the acid satire, "Nothing Sacred" (1937), the effervescent comedy, "Woman of the Year" (1942), which earned him his first Oscar, and the noir classic, "Laura" (1944). One of the "Hollywood Ten," Lardner served a term in prison before circumventing his blacklisting by using fronts or writing under the pseudonym Philip Rush. He resurfaced under his own name with Norman Jewison's excellent drama "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965). Lardner won a second Oscar for his script for Robert Altman's brilliant black comedy "M*A*S*H" (1970). His last produced script was the 1977 biopic of boxer Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest."

Relationships

Ellis Lardner

Mother

Ann Lardner

Daughter

Peter Lardner

Son

Frances Chaney

Wife
was previously married to his brother David married in 1946

Ring Lardner

Father
died on September 25, 1933 at age 48

Katharine Lardner

Daughter
mother, Frances Chaney father, David Lardner adopted by Ring Lardner

James Lardner

Son
born in September 1948

Joseph Lardner

Son
mother, Frances Chaney father. David Lardner adopted by Ring Lardner

David Lardner

Brother
kiled by a landmine in October 1944 at age 25 while fighting during WWII

James Lardner

Brother
died at age 24 in 1938 while fighting in the Spanish Civil War

John Lardner

Brother
died in 1960 at age 47

Rex Lardner

Cousin
died on July 27, 1998 at age 80

Silvia Schulman

Wife
married in 1937 divorced in 1945

Donal Ward

Nephew

EDUCATION

University of Moscow

attended during extended travels in Europe

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover , Massachusetts 1932

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1932 - 1934
dropped out

Milestones

1985

Began involvement with Sundance Institute

1977

Last feature film to date "The Greatest"

1969

Wrote the screenplay adaptation for Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"; won second Oscar

1965

Received co-screenwriter credit (with Terry Southern) on Norman Jewison's "The Cincinnati Kid"

1958

With Ian McLellan Hunter, wrote screenplay to "Virgin Island"; jointly credited as Philip Rush

1951

Provided uncredited work on the screenplay for Joseph Losey's "The Big Night"

1950

Blacklisted in Hollywood

1947

Subpoenaed before the House Committee on Un-American Activities

1941

Provided story and co-wrote screenplay for "Woman of the Year"; won Oscar

1939

First screen credit as co-writer with Ian McLellan Hunter and Harvey Gates, "Meet Dr. Christian"

1937

First screen work, uncredited work on "Nothing Sacred"

1937

Provided the ending for "A Star Is Born"

1935

Worked as reporter for DAILY MIRROR

Convicted of contempt of Congress; served 10 months in prison

Taught at New York University

Bonus Trivia

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Lardner was honored at the 1998 Nantucket Film Festival with the first annual writer's tribute.

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