George Axelrod Biography (1922-)

Born June 9, 1922, in New York, NY; son of Herman (in real estate) and Beatrice (a silent picture actress; maiden name, Carpenter) Axelrod; married GloriaWashburn (an actress) February 28, 1942 (divorced, 1954); married Joan Stanton, October, 1954; children: (first marriage) Peter, Steven; (second marriage) Nina. Career: Writer, director, and producer. Military service: U.S. Army Signal Corps, served during World War II. Member: Dramatists Guild, Authors League of America, Writers Guild of America West. Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best adapted screenplay, 1961, for Breakfast at Tiffany's; screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America West, 1962. Addresses: Agent: Irving Paul Lazar Agency, 120 SouthEl Camino Dr., Suite 108, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2730.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Writer, director, producer
Birth Details
June 9, 1922
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (also known as Oh! For a Man!), Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Producer (with Clinton Wilder), Visit to a Small Planet, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Director, Once More, with Feeling, National Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Director, Goodbye Charlie, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Director, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plymouth Theatre, New York City,1966
  • Film Work
  • Producer (with John Frankenheimer), The Manchurian Candidate, United Artists, 1962
  • Producer (with others), Paris When It Sizzles, Paramount, 1964
  • Producer (with others), How to Murder Your Wife, United Artists, 1965
  • Producer and director, Lord Love a Duck, United Artists, 1966
  • Producer and director, The Secret Life of an American Wife, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • "Jayne Mansfield," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • Contributor, Small Wonder, Coronet Theatre, New York City, 1948
  • All About Love (cabaret piece), Versailles Theatre, New York City,1951
  • The Seven Year Itch, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1952
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (also known as Oh! For a Man!), Belasco Theatre, 1955
  • Goodbye Charlie, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • (With Peter Viertel) Souvenir, produced in Los Angeles, CA, 1975
  • Screenplays
  • Phffft!, Columbia, 1954
  • Adaptor (with Billy Wilder), The Seven Year Itch, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Bus Stop (also known as The Wrong Kind of Girl), TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1956
  • Rally 'round the Flag, Boys!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • The Catbird Seat, Paramount, 1961
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's, Paramount, 1961
  • The Manchurian Candidate, United Artists, 1962
  • Paris When It Sizzles, Paramount, 1964
  • How to Murder Your Wife, United Artists, 1965
  • (With Larry H. Johnson) Lord Love a Duck, United Artists, 1966
  • The Secret Life of an American Wife, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • The Lady Vanishes, Hammer, 1979
  • (With Edward Anhalt and John Hopkins) The Holcroft Covenant, Universal, 1985
  • The Fourth Protocol, Lorimar, 1987
  • Teleplays
  • Series
  • Celebrity Time (also known as Celebrity Quiz), CBS, 1950
  • Meine Frau erfaehrt kein Wort, [Austria and West Germany, now Germany], 1969
  • Writings for the Radio
  • Series
  • Midnight in Manhattan, 1940
  • The Grand Ole Opry, NBC, 1950-52
  • Also wrote scripts for The Shadow.
  • Fiction
  • Beggar's Choice, Howell, Soskin (New York City), 1947
  • Blackmailer Fawcett (New York City), 1952
  • Where Am I Now When I Need Me?, Viking (New York City), 1971

Further Reference

Adaptations:

  • The play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (also known as Oh! Fora Man!) was adapted for film by screenwriter and director Frank Tashlinand distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1957. The play Goodbye Charlie was adapted for film by screenwriter Harry Kurnitz and director VincenteMinnelli and distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1964; it was also adapted as a television special broadcast in 1987.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals:
    • Film Comment, /December, 1995, p. 10.*

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