Collection consists of materials related to the career of screenwriter Michael Wilson. Includes correspondence, screenplays,
treatments, research materials, clippings, legal papers, outlines, and notes. General files contain correspondence and personal/career
related documents and documents relating toblacklist. Also includes materials for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962),
"A Place In The Sun" (1951), "Che!" (1969), "Planet Of The Apes" (1968), and "Salt Of The Earth" (1953). Finding aid includes
Wilson was born in McAlester, OK, July 1, 1914; received a BA from UC Berkeley, 1936, and taught English and wrote short stories
before going to Hollywood in 1940; early work consisted of William Boyd westerns; joined the Marines in WWII; became a contract
writer with Liberty Film, 1945, working on such pictures as It's a wonderful life; named an unfriendly witness by the House
Un-American Activities Committee and blacklisted; worked on Herbert Biberman's independent production, "Salt Of The Earth"
(1954), then moved to France and worked without receiving screen credit on various films including "The Friendly Persuasion"
(1956), "The Bridge On The River Kwai" (1957), and "Lawrence Of Arabia" (1962); returned to the US, 1964, where he continued
to write, including "The Sandpiper" (1965), "Planet Of The Apes" (1968), and Che! (1969); recipient of numerous awards including
an Academy Award for "A Place In The Sun" (1951), and the Writers Guild of America's Laurel Award (1975); died Apr. 9, 1978.
26.5 linear ft.
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