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Also Known As: Died: June 21, 2003
Born: June 9, 1922 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director, playwright, novelist

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A consistently effective scenarist, Axelrod wrote often witty and always acute examinations of American social mores that produced several superior films of the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, The New York-born Axelrod found work writing scripts for radio programs, including "The Shadow," "Midnight" and "Grand Ole Opry," eventually branching into television. He said he contributed to or collaborated on more than 400 TV and radio scripts, and wrote for a number of top comedians, including Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin before earning breakout success with his 1954 stage version of "The Seven Year Itch," a risque social satire about a middle-class man who has an affair while his wife and children are on vacation. The play was a hit on Broadway but was deemed not ready for a mainstream audience the following year when it was made into a film directed by Billy wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe. The plot was watered-down with the husband (Tom Ewell) only fantasizing about having an affair.

A consistently effective scenarist, Axelrod wrote often witty and always acute examinations of American social mores that produced several superior films of the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, The New York-born Axelrod found work writing scripts for radio programs, including "The Shadow," "Midnight" and "Grand Ole Opry," eventually branching into television. He said he contributed to or collaborated on more than 400 TV and radio scripts, and wrote for a number of top comedians, including Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin before earning breakout success with his 1954 stage version of "The Seven Year Itch," a risque social satire about a middle-class man who has an affair while his wife and children are on vacation. The play was a hit on Broadway but was deemed not ready for a mainstream audience the following year when it was made into a film directed by Billy wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe. The plot was watered-down with the husband (Tom Ewell) only fantasizing about having an affair.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Lord Love a Duck (1966) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Next Best Thing, The (2000) Bel Air Man
2.
 Jayne Mansfield: Love and Kisses (1994) Interviewee
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Served in US Army Signal Corps during World War II
1949:
TV debut as a writer for the CBS series "54th Street Revue"
1954:
Screenwriting debut, from his story, "Phfft"
1955:
Co-wrote (with Billy Wilder) screenplay for "The Seven Year Itch" based on his stage play
1962:
Feature producing debut, "The Manchurian Candidate"
1966:
Feature directorial debut, "Lord Love a Duck"
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wife:
Gloria Washburn. Actor. Married on February 28, 1942; divorced in 1954.
wife:
Joan Stanton. Married in October 1954.

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father:
Herman Axelrod. Worked in real estate.
mother:
Beatrice Axelrod. Actor.
son:
Peter Axelrod. Mother, Gloria Washburn.
son:
Steven Axelrod. Mother, Gloria Washburn.
daughter:
Nina Axelrod. Actor. Mother, Joan Stanton.
step-son:
Jonathan Axelrod. Producer. Mother, Joan Stanton; second wife is actress Illeana Douglas.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Beggar's Choice" Howell, Soskin
"Blackmailer" Fawcett Books
"Where Am I Now When I Need Me?" Viking

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