Maurice N. Richlin

Maurice N. Richlin, screenwriter, Academy Award winner, born in Omaha, NE.

Maurice N. Richlin, screenwriter, Academy Award winner, born in Omaha, NE.

Maurice N. Richlin was born on February 23, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Richlin attended the University of Missouri and served in the Army in World War II before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked as a reporter for The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Citizen News.  Before taking up screenwriting, he worked in radio, writing scripts for popular series like “Burns and Allen,” “The Edgar Bergen Show” and “The Amos and Andy Show.”

In 1960, Richlin won the Academy Award for Pillow Talk, starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.  The same year, he was also nominated for writing Operation Petticoat, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.  Richlin collaborated with Edwards again in creating the clumsy Inspector Clouseau in “The Pink Panther” series.  He died of cancer on November 13, 1990 at age 70 in Los Angeles.

 

AWARDS

  • Won Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen (1960).  Pillow Talk.

Plus an additional 4 nominations.

 

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