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Born: August 20, 1919 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, journalist

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A former writer for The New Yorker who wrote many distinguished scripts for live TV in the late 1940s, Bernstein earned one feature credit, for "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands" (1948), before being blacklisted in 1950. He returned to film work nine years later, scripting such fine films as Sidney Lumet's "Fail Safe" and John Frankenheimer's "The Train" (both 1964) with Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, and Martin Ritt's "The Molly Maguires" (1970), which he co-produced. His screenplay for "The Front" (1976) was a poignant, embittered portrait of the travails of a circle of screenwriters during the blacklist. Bernstein made his directing debut in 1980 with a rather bland remake of "Little Miss Marker". In the 1990s, he wrote a handful of teleplays, most notably the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997) and adapted his own screenplay of "Fail Safe" for a live CBS broadcast in 2000.

A former writer for The New Yorker who wrote many distinguished scripts for live TV in the late 1940s, Bernstein earned one feature credit, for "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands" (1948), before being blacklisted in 1950. He returned to film work nine years later, scripting such fine films as Sidney Lumet's "Fail Safe" and John Frankenheimer's "The Train" (both 1964) with Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, and Martin Ritt's "The Molly Maguires" (1970), which he co-produced. His screenplay for "The Front" (1976) was a poignant, embittered portrait of the travails of a circle of screenwriters during the blacklist. Bernstein made his directing debut in 1980 with a rather bland remake of "Little Miss Marker". In the 1990s, he wrote a handful of teleplays, most notably the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997) and adapted his own screenplay of "Fail Safe" for a live CBS broadcast in 2000.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Women & Men II (1991) Director ("Return To Kansas City")
2.
  Little Miss Marker (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Trumbo (2007)
3.
 Annie Hall (1977) Annie'S Date Outside Theatre
4.
 Hollywood On Trial (1976) Himself
5.
 The Tramp and the Dictator (2002) Himself
6.
 Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001) Interviewee
7.
 On Cukor (2000) Interviewee
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While staff sergeant in the Army during WWII wrote "Reporter-at-Large" column for <i>The New Yorker</i> and was roving correspondent for <i>Yank</i> magazine; became staff writer for <i>The New Yorker</i> after war
1948:
First film credit (as co-adaptor), "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands"
:
Blacklisted during the 1950s
1959:
First screenwriting credit after blacklisting, "That Kind of Woman", directed by Sidney Lumet
1960:
Did uncredited screenwriting on "The Magnificent Seven"
1964:
Penned the screenplay for "Fail Safe", directed by Lumet
1970:
First film as co-producer (with director Martin Ritt), "The Molly Maguires"; also wrote screenplay
1976:
Appeared in feature-length documentary "Hollywood on Trial"
1976:
Scripted the blacklist-themed drama "The Front", starring Woody Allen
1977:
Had bit part as Annie's date outside movie theater in "Annie Hall"
1977:
Penned the screenplay adaptation of "Semi-Tough"
1978:
Produced and wrote two pilots for a proposed series about a detective named "Sparrow"; neither sold
1979:
Contributed to the script of "Yanks"
1980:
Film directing debut (also writer), "Little Miss Marker"
1988:
Scripted "The House on Carroll Street"
1991:
Directed and wrote the "Return to Kansas City" segment of the HBO anthology "Women & Men II"
1995:
Provided the story for the WWII-era drama about interracial love, "The Affair"
1997:
Adapted David Feldshuh's award-winning play "Miss Evers' Boys" into an acclaimed HBO movie
1999:
Penned the teleplay for the CBS movie "Durango"
2000:
Adapted 1964 screenplay of "Fail Safe" for a live broadcast starring George Clooney
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Education

Dartmouth College: Hanover , New Hampshire - 1940

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wife:
Gloria Loomis. Literary agent.
wife:
Judith Braun. Third wife; married in October 1961; divorced in 1984; mother of his four children.

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father:
Louis Bernstein. Teacher.
mother:
Hannah Bernstein.
daughter:
Joan Bernstein.
son:
Peter Bernstein.
son:
Nicholas Bernstein.
son:
Andrew Bernstein.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Keep Your Head Down" Viking
"Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist" Alfred A. Knopf

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