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Also Known As: Ringgold Wilmer Lardner Jr., Philip Rush Died: October 31, 2000
Born: August 19, 1915 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: screenwriter, reporter, publicist

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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".He is the son of humorist Ring Lardner and brother of writers John, James and David Lardner.

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".

He is the son of humorist Ring Lardner and brother of writers John, James and David Lardner.

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2.
 Hollywood On Trial (1976) Himself
3.
 Hollywood Ten, The (1950) Himself
4.
 Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil (1999) Interviewee
5.
 Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial (1996) Interviewee
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1935:
Worked as reporter for DAILY MIRROR
1937:
First screen work, uncredited work on "Nothing Sacred"
1937:
Provided the ending for "A Star Is Born"
1939:
First screen credit as co-writer with Ian McLellan Hunter and Harvey Gates, "Meet Dr. Christian"
1942:
Provided story and co-wrote screenplay for "Woman of the Year"; won Oscar
1947:
Subpoenaed before the House Committee on Un-American Activities
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Convicted of contempt of Congress; served 10 months in prison
1950:
Blacklisted in Hollywood
1951:
Provided uncredited work on the screenplay for Joseph Losey's "The Big Night"
1958:
With Ian McLellan Hunter, wrote screenplay to "Virgin Island"; jointly credited as Philip Rush
1965:
Received co-screenwriter credit (with Terry Southern) on Norman Jewison's "The Cincinnati Kid"
1970:
Wrote the screenplay adaptation for Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"; won second Oscar
1977:
Last feature film to date "The Greatest"
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Taught at New York University
1985:
Began involvement with Sundance Institute
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Education

University of Moscow: -
Princeton University: Princeton , New Jersey - 1932 - 1934
Phillips Andover Academy: Andover , Massachusetts - 1932

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