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Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success

Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success

by Jon Krampner
Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success

Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success

by Jon Krampner


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A Hollywood screenwriting and movie-making icon, Ernest Lehman penned some of the most memorable scenes to ever grace the silver screen. Hailed by Vanity Fair as "perhaps the greatest screenwriter in history," Lehman's work on films such as North by Northwest, The King and I, Sabrina, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music helped define a generation of movie making.
But while his talent took center stage, the public knew little of Lehman himself, a native of Manhattan's Upper West Side and the Five Towns of Long Island devoted to his wife of 50 years. His relentless perfectionism, hypochondria and all-night writing sessions fueled by tequila and grilled cheese sandwiches were some of the quirks that made Lehman a legend in the Hollywood community.
In Ernest Lehman: The Sweet Smell of Success, author Jon Krampner lays bare the life of this lauded yet elusive character. Moving seamlessly from post-production meetings to sound stages and onto the locations of Lehman's greatest films, Krampner's extensive biography brings to life the genius and singularity of the revered screenwriter's personality and the contributions he made to the world of cinema.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813195957
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 09/27/2022
Series: Screen Classics
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 426,261
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Jon Krampner is the author of The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television, Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley, and Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food

Table of Contents

1. Go To the Head of the Class (1915-1937)
2. On Broadway (1938-1952)
3. "Get This City College Writer Out of Here!" (1952-1954)
4. Tahiti Therapy (1954-1957)
5. In A Northwesterly Direction (1957-1959)
6. The Crowd at Sardi's (1959-1961)
7. Not Too Sweet, Not Too Sour (1961-1965)
8. Fun and Games With Mike and Ernie (1964-1966)
9. In Which the Bottom Falls Out (1966-1972)
10. Farewell Performance (1972-1977)
11. The Pot of Gold (1977-1982)
12. An Uncertain Trumpet (1983-1985)
13. Indian Summer (1985-1994)
14. See You Again, But Don't Hurry (1994-2005)
Appendix: Ernest Lehman's Awards

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