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Mario Puzo

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Also Known As: Died: July 2, 1999
Born: October 15, 1920 Cause of Death: heart failure and complications from diabetes
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Writer ...


"... The older you are the more you hate to leave home. My mother always said, 'Mario, why leave home, you'll only get in trouble!' Carol Gino and I live in separate houses in Bayshore, Long Island. Better that way-she has a temper, too, and if we lived together we'd kill each other." --Mario Puzo in The Hollywood Reporter, August 20, 1996.

"Italians have more family values than anybody," he says not quite seriously. "The father takes care of the family, the mother takes care of the family. The children obey the parents. Nobody has family values more than the Italians, and that's why they're so good at being the Mafia. What is 'The Godfather' but a heartwarming story about a family with great, solid family values? The fact that they kill people once in a while-I never show them killing good people, just bad people." --Mario Puzo in New York, July 29, 1996.

"Script writing, compared to novel writing, is much less labor intensive. I wrote scripts in two or three months. It takes me five years to write a novel. If I had discovered screenwriting first and been successful at it, I never would have written a novel." --Puzo in Los Angeles Times, July 30, 1996.

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