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Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer

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While Marc Norman received some attention for his contributions to the script for the hit romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love" (1998), he was overshadowed by fellow writer Tom Stoppard. Many might have thought Norman was a neophyte but, in fact, he has been a successful writer and producer for three decades. He began his career during the heyday of the "Movie of the Week", a concept introduced by ABC during the late 1960s which peaked in the early 70s. Twice a week for 90 minutes, the network aired original dramas, comedies and thrillers. Norman penned "The Challenge" (1970), an off-beat allegory about a war between the USA and an Asian country that requires only one representative from each to engage in a battle. He also wrote the suspenseful thriller "Five Desperate Women" (1971) about a group of pals on holiday who find themselves stalked by an escapee from a mental institution.

While Marc Norman received some attention for his contributions to the script for the hit romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love" (1998), he was overshadowed by fellow writer Tom Stoppard. Many might have thought Norman was a neophyte but, in fact, he has been a successful writer and producer for three decades. He began his career during the heyday of the "Movie of the Week", a concept introduced by ABC during the late 1960s which peaked in the early 70s. Twice a week for 90 minutes, the network aired original dramas, comedies and thrillers. Norman penned "The Challenge" (1970), an off-beat allegory about a war between the USA and an Asian country that requires only one representative from each to engage in a battle. He also wrote the suspenseful thriller "Five Desperate Women" (1971) about a group of pals on holiday who find themselves stalked by an escapee from a mental institution.

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1970:
Wrote the ABC TV-movie "The Challenge"
1971:
Scripted the ABC "Movie of the Week" thriller "Five Desperate Women"
1973:
First produced screenplay, "Oklahoma Crude"
1974:
Penned the Western "Zandy's Bride", co-starring Liv Ullmann and Gene Hackman
1975:
Last produced screenplays for 10 years, ccontributed to both "The Killer Elite" and "Breakout"
1985:
Returned to features adapting Ernest K Gann's novel "The Aviator"
1986:
Created, wrote episodes and served as supervising producer for the short-lived CBS police drama "Downtown"
1989:
College student son Zacharay suggested idea for a film about William Shakespeare
1991:
Pitched idea for script about Shakespeare suffering from writer's block to neighbor Edward Zwick; with Zwick pitched idea to Universal Pictures
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Tom Stoppard hired to "polish" script
1992:
Zwick announced plans to film script with Daniel Day-Lewis and Julia Roberts in leading roles; project aborted over scheduling conflicts with stars
1995:
Contributed to the screenplay of "Cutthroat Island"
1998:
Script for "Shakespeare in Love" finally filmed with Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow in lead roles; earned critical acclaim
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wife:
Dale Norman.

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son:
Zachary Norman. Gave father idea for script for "Shakespeare in Love".
son:
Alex Norman.

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"Oklahoma Crude"
"Fool's Errand"

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