Novelist And Oscar-Winning Playwright William Goldman Dies At 87

News by Joey Jordan Published on 18 Nov,2018

Oscar-Winning Screenwriter And Novelist William Goldman Died At 87

  • Oscar-winning playwright and novelist William Goldman died on Friday, 16th November.
  • His daughter Jenny Goldman announced his death to the Washington Post saying he died at his home in Manhattan.
  • Goldman died due to the complications of pneumonia and colon cancer.
  • He is survived by his two daughters Jenny Rebecca and Susanna.

Popular novelist and Oscar-winning playwright William Goldman, best known for his work in Butch Cassidy and The Princess Bride has died.

His daughter Jenny Rebecca announced he died at his Manhattan home on Friday, 16th November. Jenny also confirmed that her father died due to the complication from colon cancer and pneumonia.

CAPTION: Playwright and novelist William Goldman died of colon cancer SOURCE: Variety

Born 12 August 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, Goldman began his career in writing. According to his memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983), Goldman started writing after he took a creative writing training course in his college days.

He made his debut in the movie with his screenplay for the Paul Newman 1966 movie Harper. His first original screenplay was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which he sold for $400,000, became the highest paid original screenplay ever. The movie was released in 1969 which gave him his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Goldman later earned his second Academy Award for his Watergate-scandal movie All the President's Men. Although his work in The Princess Bride couldn't give him any accolades, it is considered as one of his finest works.

CAPTION: Oscar-winning playwright William Goldman died at 87 SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Talking about the origin of the story with EW in 2011, he told the story was inspired from his two daughters; Jenny and Susanna. He reminisced,

I had two little daughters, I think they were 7 and 4 at the time, and I said, 'I'll write you a story. What do you want it to be about?' One of them said 'a princess' and the other one said 'a bride.' I said, 'That'll be the title.'

Goldman's other notable film credits include A Bridge Too Far and The Stepford Wives and Misery.

The late screenwriter is survived by his two daughters Jenny Rebecca and Susanna. He was married to Ilene Jones from 1961 to 1991. The funeral arrangements will be announced in the upcoming days.

Rest In Peace Goldman!