The Info List - Peter Stone

Peter Hess Stone[1] (February 27, 1930 – April 26, 2003) was an American writer for theater, television and movies. Stone is perhaps best remembered by the general public for the screenplays he wrote or co-wrote in the mid-1960s, Charade (1963), Father Goose (1964), and Mirage (1965).


1 Life and career

1.1 Early life 1.2 Education and stage work 1.3 Film & Television work 1.4 Pseudonyms 1.5 Dramatists' Guilds presidency 1.6 Death and postmortem 1.7 Personal life

2 Awards 3 Television 4 Film 5 Theater 6 References 7 External links

Life and career[edit] Early life[edit] Stone was born in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to Jewish parents. His mother, Hilda (née Hess), was a film writer, and his father, John Stone (born Saul Strumwasser), was the writer and producer of many silent films, including Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
and Charlie Chan movies.[1][2] Education and stage work[edit] When Stone was 15, his parents took him to see Mexican Hayride[3] starring Bobby Clark at the Hazard's Pavilion. Stone saw Clark throw his hat on a hat tree 100 feet away, and, at that moment, knew he wanted to work in theatre.[4] He graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, attended Bard College
Bard College
starting in 1947.[3] While at Bard, Stone wrote two plays that were both produced and performed at the school.[5] After Stone left Bard, his mother (still married) eloped with a Hungarian literary agent (also married) to Paris.[3] While in Paris, they both settled their divorces and got married to each other. Stone describes this as "...a really great opportunity came to me through what should have been emotionally wrenching, but wasn't", stating that his mother hated Hollywood and was finally happy. After visiting them in the late 1940s, Stone lived in and around Paris for about thirteen years. Stone worked for CBS Radio
CBS Radio
while overseas, where one of the stories he covered was Grace Kelly's wedding to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Not too long after this, Stone got married.[3] In 1953, Stone saw a play by Jean Paul Sartre
Jean Paul Sartre
called Kean, adapted from the play by Alexandre Dumas
Alexandre Dumas
based on the life of Edmund Kean. The Broadway singer and actor Alfred Drake
Alfred Drake
was keen to make Kean into a musical, so much so that his agent (who was also Stone's agent) became the producer.[3] In 1961 Kean premiered on Broadway, with music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, and Stone as playwright. He was hesitant to write for a musical, even though he loved them and saw them: "I did not see myself as doing that...and then an opportunity arose...I just wanted to be on Broadway". Stone needed some help, so he consulted Frank Loesser. Stone said of him, "terrible talented, successful and sophisticate man", when asking Loesser where songs went and other questions about musical structure, and said he was "more than helpful, he was inspiring".[4] Stone's only non-musical work was a play called The Last Station, later retitled Full Circle, co-written with Erich Maria Remarque. The two men were introduced by Warner LeRoy.[3] He won Tony Awards for his books for the Broadway musicals
Broadway musicals
Titanic, Woman of the Year and 1776.[6] Film & Television work[edit] Stone sold his first script to Studio One in 1956.[7] He wrote two episodes of the 1961 television series The Asphalt Jungle and won an Emmy for a 1962 episode of The Defenders.[8] Stone's first film script was Charade (1963), which he turned into a novel at the suggestion of his agent Robert Lance. Stone said he "submitted everywhere and nobody wanted it".[3] After it was made into a novel, it was published, and even portions of it were pre-printed in Redbook. Stone sold the script to Stanley Donen, whom he chose because "One was he was the only person who hadn't seen it before and I felt silly selling it to the people who rejected it. Two, It got me out of New York, which at that point I wanted to, I'd been there a long time with Kean. And three, Stanley got stars, and I had written with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
in mind".[3] After the success of Charade, Stone signed an exclusive five-picture deal with Universal Studios.[9] Stone would go on to write Father Goose (1964), which won the Oscar for best screenplay in 1965. Father Goose is a fairly conventional comedy, but the other films share a common theme and a style of screenwriting. Primarily, they attempt a blend of comedy, suspense, and romance. He also wrote Mirage (1965). A decade before Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
earned a reputation exploiting Hitchcockian motifs, Stone's work in the 1960s employed Hitchcock-like narratives, even while the director was still an active film maker. Hitchcock's influence is especially evident in Edward Dmytryk's Mirage, a suspense-mystery that Stone adapted from the Howard Fast novel Fallen Angel. The narrative has Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
suffering from "unconscious amnesia" while dodging bullets in downtown New York. Although shot in black-and-white, many of its themes and images are reminiscent of Vertigo. Pseudonyms[edit] Stone used several fairly transparent pseudonyms in his career. As 'Pierre Marton' (literally 'Peter Stone' in French, as well as an homage to his stepfather George Marton) he wrote, or co-wrote, Arabesque, Skin Game
Skin Game
and the 1976 TV film One Of My Wives Is Missing. When Charade was remade as The Truth About Charlie, Stone was credited on-screen as 'Peter Joshua', one of the names used by Cary Grant
Cary Grant
in the original film. Dramatists' Guilds presidency[edit] For 18 years, Stone served as the member-elected president of the Dramatists Guild of America from 1981 to March 24, 1999. He resigned his presidency so a "new crew could take over."[10] Death and postmortem[edit] Stone died of pulmonary fibrosis on April 26, 2003 in Manhattan, New York. He was survived by his wife, Mary, and brother, David.[11] On February 27, 2004, shortly after his death, he was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Honoring him at the induction ceremony was his close friend, actress Lauren Bacall.[12] Shortly after Stone's death, in a memorial ceremony held June 30, 2003, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, it was observed that the two most famous ships of all time were Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
and the Titanic, and that Stone had written Broadway musicals
Broadway musicals
about both of them (Noah's Ark being the topic of Two by Two). In 2011, one of his projects was completed with Thomas Meehan, and Death Takes a Holiday was produced off-Broadway with a score by Maury Yeston. Personal life[edit] Stone was born to John Stone (born Saul Strumwasser) and Hilda (née Hess). She was a Bavarian Jew from Bamberg, but was born in Mexico (her father dodged the draft back in the 1870s) and lived there for five years with her family til all foreign national were kicked out in the Mexican Revolution
Mexican Revolution
of 1910.[3] Stone has a brother David, who was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy.[3] Awards[edit] Stone is among that small group of writers who have won acclaim in stage, screen, and television by winning a Tony, an Oscar, and an Emmy.[6] In 1964, Stone won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his screenplay for Charade.[5] Television[edit]

The Asphalt Jungle The Defenders One Of My Wives Is Missing


Charade Father Goose Mirage Arabesque Skin Game 1776 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Just Cause


Kean - 1961 Skyscraper - 1965 1776 - 1969 Two by Two - 1970 Sugar - 1972 Full Circle - 1973 Woman of the Year - 1981 My One and Only - 1983 The Will Rogers Follies - 1991 Titanic - 1997 Annie Get Your Gun (revised book) - 1999 Curtains (original book and concept) - 2006 Death Takes a Holiday (original book, with Thomas Meehan) - 2011


^ a b " Peter Stone Biography (1930-)". film reference. 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2014.  ^ Peter Stone on the Internet Movie Database ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Peter Stone: [interview]". New York Public Library. June 11, 2015.  ^ a b "The Musical Book Writer (Career Guides)". American Theatre Wing. Retrieved 2015-06-09.  ^ a b "Obituary: Peter Stone". The Independent. May 1, 2003. Archived from the original on March 23, 2007.  ^ a b "Peter Stone, Tony Award-Winning Librettist of Titanic, 1776, Dead at 73". Playbill News. April 27, 2003. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009.  ^ "Peter Stone". New York Times. 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2015.  ^ "Peter Stone, Award-Winning Writer of '1776,' Dies at 73", New York Times, April 28, 2003. ^ FILMLAND EVENTS: Peter Stone Dealt Five by Universal Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Nov 1964: 18. ^ " Peter Stone Steps Down as Dramatists Guild President; Weidman Elected". Playbill. March 24, 1999. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.  ^ " Peter Stone Memoriam". The San Diego Union-Tribune. May 5, 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2012.  ^ "Theater honors put women in the spotlight". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

External links[edit]

Peter Stone on IMDb 69445, 109570 Peter Stone at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Peter Stone at Internet Off-Broadway Database Peter Stone papers, 1757-2003 (bulk 1950-2000) Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts New York Public Library Blog on Peter Stone

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Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay


Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder


William Inge
William Inge
(1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman


Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe


Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical

George Furth (1970) Burt Shevelove (1971) John Guare
John Guare
and Mel Shapiro (1972) Hugh Wheeler (1973) Hugh Wheeler (1974) James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante (1976) Thomas Meehan (1977) Hugh Wheeler (1979) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1984) Jerry Colker (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) L. Arthur Rose, Douglas Furber, Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
and Mike Ockrent
Mike Ockrent
(1987) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1988) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1990) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1991) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1992) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1998) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1999) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
and Thomas Meehan (2001) John Lahr and Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2002) Mark O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
and Thomas Meehan (2003) Winnie Holzman (2004) Rachel Sheinkin (2005) Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Don McKellar
(2006) Rupert Holmes and Peter Stone (2007) Douglas Carter Beane (2008) Lee Hall (2009) Alex Timbers (2010) Adam Mathias (2011) Joe DiPietro (2012) Dennis Kelly (2013) Robert L. Freedman (2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) John Caird (2016) Irene Sankoff and David Hein (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Book of a Musical


South Pacific by Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan (1950) Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart (1964) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
by Joseph Stein (1965) Company by George Furth (1971) Two Gentlemen of Verona by John Guare
John Guare
and Mel Shapiro (1972) A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music
by Hugh Wheeler (1973) Candide by Hugh Wheeler (1974) Shenandoah by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose (1975)


A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante (1976) Annie by Thomas Meehan (1977) On the Twentieth Century by Betty Comden
Betty Comden
and Adolph Green
Adolph Green
(1978) Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
by Hugh Wheeler (1979) Evita by Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Woman of the Year by Peter Stone (1981) Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen (1982) Cats by T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
(1983) La Cage aux Folles by Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1984) Big River by William Hauptman (1985) Drood
by Rupert Holmes (1986) Les Misérables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (1987) Into the Woods
Into the Woods
by James Lapine
James Lapine
(1988) No Award (1989) City of Angels by Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1990) The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1991) Falsettos by William Finn
William Finn
and James Lapine
James Lapine
(1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman by Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1993) Passion by James Lapine
James Lapine
(1994) Sunset Boulevard by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1995) Rent by Jonathan Larson (1996) Titanic by Peter Stone (1997) Ragtime by Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1998) Parade by Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1999) James Joyce's The Dead
James Joyce's The Dead
by Richard Nelson (2000)


The Producers by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
and Thomas Meehan (2001) Urinetown
by Greg Kotis (2002) Hairspray by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
(2003) Avenue Q
Avenue Q
by Jeff Whitty (2004) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by Rachel Sheinkin (2005) The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone
by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Don McKellar
(2006) Spring Awakening by Steven Sater (2007) Passing Strange by Stew (2008) Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical
by Lee Hall (2009) Memphis by Joe DiPietro (2010) The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Once by Enda Walsh
Enda Walsh
(2012) Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical
by Dennis Kelly (2013) A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
by Robert L. Freedman (2014) Fun Home by Lisa Kron (2015) Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
by Steven Levenson (2017)

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