Thursday, August 6, 2009

Budd Schulberg

Budd Schulberg, writer and screenwriter, dies at 95. He appeared in the documentary, Louise Brooks, Looking for Lulu.

Budd Schulberg was the son of film mogul B.P. Schulberg (and knew many early film stars), collaborated with F. Scott Fitzgerald, arrested the Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, and wrote the screenplay for On the Waterfront and A Face in the Crowd. I will treasure my signed copy of his classic Hollywood novel, What Makes Sammy Run?

Be sure and check out the long New York Times obit at It includes a worthwhile, 17 minute video interview.

1 comment:

  1. Brooks the Rochesterian might have raised a long eyebrow at this: "In 1965 he founded the Douglass House Watts Writers Workshop in Los Angeles with the goal of encouraging black teenagers to write. He also founded the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in New York [City] in 1971." Mention of the abolitionist resonates with Rochesterians because he lived in their city (1847-72) and is buried in its Mount Hope Cemetery (LB: Holy Sepulchre).*

    James Card wrote in "The 'Intense Isolation' of Louise Brooks", SIGHT AND SOUND (Vol. 27, No. 5, Summer 1958, Dietrich and Welles on the cover): "Only Dostoievsky collaborating with Budd Schulberg could tell the story of Louise Brooks from 1930 to 1955."

    *In 2007 they named a bridge after Douglass and another famous resident, Susan B. Anthony. It's somewhat cavalierly referred to as the "Freddy-Sue" bridge ... causing some people to wish Giuseppe Verdi had made his mark in Rochester, and it could have been "Gius-Louise."


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