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Also Known As: Died: July 2, 2005
Born: December 8, 1915 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, short story writer, financial editor, publicist

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Portnoy's Complaint (1972) Director

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Worked three years as publicity writer for <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> columnist Irving Hoffman
1948:
Sold story to Hollywood that became "The Inside Story", directed by Allan Dwan
1951:
Published "Tell Me About It Tomorrow" in <i>Cosmopolitan</i>, the basis for "The Sweet Smell of Success"
1953:
Moved to Hollywood
1953:
Wrote screenplay for Robert Wise's "Executive Suite"
1954:
Shared screenwriting credit with Billy Wilder and Samuel Taylor on Wilder's "Sabrina"
1956:
Adapted the stage musical "The King and I" as a feature
1956:
Wrote screenplay for "Somebody Up There Likes Me"
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:
Published "Sweet Smell of Success and Other Stories"
1957:
Rod Serling adapted his novellete "The Comedian" for a "Playhouse 90" production of same name directed by John Frankenheimer
1959:
Scripted Hitchcock's "North by Northwest"
1960:
Wrote screenplay for Mark Robson's "From the Terrace"
1961:
Provided screenplay adaptation for Wise's "West Side Story"
1963:
Wrote screenplay for Robson's "The Prize"
1965:
Reteamed with Wise as writer of "The Sound of Music"
1966:
Adapted Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" for the screen; also produced film
1969:
Wrote and produced "Hello, Dolly!", directed by Gene Kelly
1976:
Wrote screenplay for Hitchcock's final movie "Family Plot"
1976:
Was co-screenwriter on Frankenheimer's "Black Sunday"
1977:
Published novel "The French Atlantic Affair"
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Worked as a columnist for <i>American Film</i> in late 1970s
1981:
Published "Screening Sickness", a collection of writings on the cinema
1982:
Published novel "Farewell Performance"
1983:
Served as President of Writers Guild of America West
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Co-wrote Academy Awards show telecasts in 1987, 1988 and 1990
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -

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wife:
Jacqueline Lehman. Mother of Lehman's two sons.
wife:
Laurie Sherman. Born c. 1966; married on October 12, 1997; reportedly met over the Internet.

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son:
Roger Lehman.
son:
Alan Lehman.
son:
Jonathan Maxwell Lehman. Born on January 31, 2002; mother, Laurie Sherman.

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"Sweet Smell of Success and Other Stories"
"The Comedian"
"North by Northwest"
"The French Atlantic Affair"
"Screening Sickness"
"Farewell Performance"
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