Dalton Trumbo

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Dalton Trumbo
Trumbo at House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, 1947
BornJames Dalton Trumbo
(1905-12-09)December 9, 1905
Montrose, Colorado, U.S.
DiedSeptember 10, 1976(1976-09-10) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Pen nameRobert Rich
OccupationScreenwriter, Writer
SpouseCleo Beth Fincher
(1938–1976; his death)

James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist.

Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry.

Career[change | change source]

Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one (for Roman Holiday) was originally given to a front writer, and one (for The Brave One) was awarded to "Robert Rich", Trumbo's pseudonym.[1][2]

On December 19, 2011, the Writers Guild of America announced that Trumbo was being given full credit for his work on the screenplay of the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday, almost sixty years after the fact.[3][4]

Actor Bryan Cranston plays Trumbo in the 2015 biopic Trumbo directed by Jay Roach.

Death[change | change source]

Trumbo died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on September 10, 1976 at the age of 70.

References[change | change source]

  1. "AMPAS Press Release". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2015-12-26.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. AMPAS Oscar Trivia
  3. Cheryl Devall, Paige Osburn (December 19, 2011). "Blacklisted writer gets credit restored after 60 years for Oscar-winning film". 89.3 KPCC. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  4. Verrier, Richard (December 19, 2011). "Writers Guild restores screenplay credit to Trumbo for 'Roman Holiday'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 20, 2011.

Other websites[change | change source]

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