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Born: April 9, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA Profession: screenwriter, playwright, producer, writing teacher

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A screenwriter and playwright whose work has often been laced with high psycho-dramatic tension, Ted Tally won an Academy Award for his adaptation of "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), forever emblazoning the name of Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecter in the annals of American screen villains.

A screenwriter and playwright whose work has often been laced with high psycho-dramatic tension, Ted Tally won an Academy Award for his adaptation of "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), forever emblazoning the name of Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecter in the annals of American screen villains.

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1977:
Taught playwriting at Yale University
1977:
First produced play, "Terra Nova", at Yale Repertory Theatre
1978:
First New York production, "Hooters", at Playwrights Horizons
1983:
Was named master artist in residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts
1983:
First produced teleplay, "Hooters", adapted for the Playboy Channel
1984:
Co-wrote adaptation of "Terra Nova" for the BBC
1987:
First network TV-movie, "The Father Clements Story" (NBC)
1990:
First screenplay produced, "White Palace"; co-written with Alvin Sargent
1991:
Adaptated "The Silence of the Lambs" as a film; won Oscar
1996:
Wrote screenplay, "Before and After"
2000:
Served as associate producer on "Mission to Mars"
2000:
Penned the screenplay adaptation of "All the Pretty Horses"
2002:
Adapted Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" to the screen
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Education

Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1974
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1977

Notes

Tally did uncredited script "doctoring" on the 1994 release, "Outbreak".

"The original scripts I wrote, most of them years ago, didn't get made. I don't know whether it's because they weren't good enough or any of the myriad other reasons that movie scripts don't get made. But it seems like now I'm identified as doing adaptations. I get more offers for that kind of work than anything else. I enjoy doing adaptations. I think that when you do an adaptation you perhaps have a slightly better chance of having it turn into a movie because everyone starts on the same page. The producer, the studio executives, everyone has some idea of what the project is when you start. They've read the book. There's less mystery in it for them. It's maybe a little less scary for them to go forward that way." --Ted Tally, quoted in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, January 27, 1992

"[A movie] is not fun unless it gets made. And unless it gets made, you're never going to feel legitimized. An unproduced sript is not publishable, and you can't get a bunch of your actor friends to put it on as an off-Broadway show. A film script is only good for one thing. Otherwise, it's dead. And in many cases you don't even own it." --Tally quoted in SEMINAR IN PLAYWRITING: THE FULL-LENGTH PLAY by Richard Toscan (1995).

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wife:
Melinda Kahn. Art gallery director. Married December 11, 1977.

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father:
David K Tally. School administrator.
mother:
Dorothy E Tally. Teacher.

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