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William Motter Inge (/ˈɪndʒ/;[1] May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973) was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of memorable Broadway productions, including Picnic, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. With his portraits of small-town life and settings rooted in the American heartland, Inge became known as the " Playwright
Playwright
of the Midwest."

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career

2.1 Television and film 2.2 Novels

3 Death and legacy 4 Works 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 Listen to 9 External links

Early years[edit] Inge was born in Independence, Kansas, the fifth child of Maude Sarah Gibson-Inge and Luther Clay Inge.[2][3] Inge attended Independence Community College and graduated from the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama. While at the University of Kansas, Inge was a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Nu.[4] Offered a scholarship to work on a Master of Arts degree, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the George Peabody College for Teachers, but later dropped out. Back in Kansas, he worked as a laborer on the state highway and a Wichita news announcer. From 1937 to 1938 he taught English and drama at Cherokee County Community High School in Columbus, Kansas. After returning and completing his Master's at Peabody in 1938, he taught at Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri, from 1938 to 1943.[5] Career[edit] Inge began as a drama critic at the St. Louis Star-Times in 1943. With Tennessee Williams's encouragement, Inge wrote his first play, Farther Off from Heaven (1947), which was staged at Margo Jones' Theatre '47 in Dallas, Texas. While a teacher at Washington University in St. Louis in 1946–1949, he wrote Come Back, Little Sheba. It ran on Broadway for 190 performances in 1950, winning Tony Awards for Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
and Sidney Blackmer. (The 1952 film adaptation won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Shirley Booth. Willy van Hemert directed a 1955 adaptation for Dutch television, and NBC aired another TV production in 1977.) It was while teaching at Washington University that Inge's struggles with alcoholism became more acute and, in 1947, he joined Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous
(AA). It was through AA that Inge met the wife of a member of his AA group whose name was Lola and, who through name as well as personal characteristics, was the person upon whom one of the lead characters in Come Back, Little Sheba, "Lola", was based. Even as Come Back, Little Sheba was in a pre-Broadway run in early 1950, Inge was filled with some doubt as to its success, as he expressed in a letter to his sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous, "If Sheba makes it in Hartford
Hartford
I guess it will go on to Broadway and if it doesn't I suppose I'll be back in St. Louis. If it does make it to Broadway, I don't know when I'll be back." Inge never had to return to St. Louis.

Portrait of William Inge
William Inge
by Carl Van Vechten

In 1953, Inge received a Pulitzer Prize for Picnic, a play based on women he had known as a small child:

When I was a boy in Kansas, my mother had a boarding house. There were three women school teachers living in the house. I was four years old, and they were nice to me. I liked them. I saw their attempts, and, even as a child, I sensed every woman’s failure. I began to sense the sorrow and the emptiness in their lives, and it touched me.

Picnic had a successful Broadway run from February 19, 1953, to April 10, 1954.[6] A film adaptation made in 1955 was directed by Joshua Logan and won two Academy Awards. In 1953 Inge's play Glory in the Flower was telecast on Omnibus with a cast of Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and James Dean.[7] In 1955 his play Bus Stop premiered. Its inspiration came from people he met in Tonganoxie, Kansas.[8] Nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Play,[9] it was made into a 1956 film starring Marilyn Monroe.[10] A major regional revival of Bus Stop was held at the Huntington Theatre in Boston in September and October 2010.[11] In 1957 he wrote The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, an expansion of his earlier one-act, Farther Off from Heaven. The play was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play,[12] and was adapted as a film in 1960. His 1959 play A Loss of Roses, with Carol Haney, Warren Beatty, and Betty Field, was filmed as The Stripper (1963), with Joanne Woodward, Richard Beymer, and Claire Trevor, and a popular Jerry Goldsmith score. Natural Affection had the misfortune to open on Broadway during the 1962 New York City newspaper strike, which lasted from December 8, 1962, until April 1, 1963. Thus, few were aware of the play, and fewer bought tickets. It lasted only 36 performances, from January 31, 1963, to March 2, 1963. What theatergoers missed was a powerful drama[according to whom?] on the theme of fragmented families and random violence. As with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, the inspiration for Natural Affection came from a newspaper account of a seemingly meaningless and unmotivated murder. The play centers on a single mother, Chicago department-store buyer Sue Barker (Kim Stanley). While troubled teen Donnie (Gregory Rozakis), Sue's illegitimate son, has been away at reform school, she has entered into a relationship with Cadillac salesman Bernie Slovenk (Harry Guardino). With Donnie's unexpected return to her Chicago apartment, conflicts escalate, and Donnie finds himself on an emotional precipice. The closing five minutes of the play introduces a new character, a young woman Donnie meets in the apartment hallway. He invites her into the apartment and, without warning, kills her as the curtains close. The Broadway production, directed by Tony Richardson, benefited from composer John Lewis's made-to-order background music, which was provided via tape recordings, rather than live performance, and worked in the same fashion as a film score. In 2005 a highly successful revival of Natural Affection was mounted at Chicago's The Artistic Home. Directed by John Mossman, it was named one of the year's best productions by the Chicago Tribune.[13] Inge's The Last Pad premiered in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1972. Originally titled The Disposal, the world premiere of The Last Pad was produced by Robert L. "Bob" Johnson and directed by Keith A. Anderson through the Southwest Ensemble Theatre. The production starred Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
with Jim Matz and Richard Elmore (Elmer). The production moved to Los Angeles and opened just days after Inge died by suicide. The original production in Phoenix was proclaimed the Best Play of 1972 by the Arizona Republic, while the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
production brought awards to Nolte and helped introduce him to the film industry and catapult his subsequent film career. The Last Pad is one of three of Inge's plays that either have openly gay characters or address homosexuality directly. The Boy in the Basement, a one-act play written in the early 1950s, but not published until 1962, is his only play that addresses homosexuality overtly, while Archie in The Last Pad and Pinky in Where's Daddy? (1966) are gay characters. Inge himself was closeted.[14] Summer Brave, produced posthumously on Broadway in 1975, is Inge's reworking of Picnic, as he noted:

It wouldn't be fair to say that Summer Brave
Summer Brave
is the original version of Picnic. I have written before that I never completely fulfilled my original intentions in writing 'Picnic' before we went into production in 1953, and that I wrote what some considered a fortuitous ending in order to have a finished play to go into rehearsal. A couple of years after Picnic had closed on Broadway, after the film version had made its success, I got the early version out of my files and began to rework it, just for my own satisfaction. Summer Brave
Summer Brave
is the result. I admit that I prefer it to the version of the play that was produced, but I don't necessarily expect others to agree. Summer Brave
Summer Brave
might not have enjoyed any success on Broadway whatever, nor won any of the prizes that were bestowed upon Picnic. But I feel that it is more humorously true than Picnic, and it does fulfill my original intentions.

About two dozen unperformed plays by Inge began receiving wider attention in 2009. They were available for viewing, but not copying or borrowing, in the collection of his papers at Independence Community College.[15] One, a three-act play entitled Off the Main Road, was read at the Flea Theater in New York City on May 11, 2009, with Sigourney Weaver, Jay O. Sanders, and Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
in the cast. Another, The Killing, a one-act play, directed by José Angel Santana, and starring Neal Huff and J.J. Kandel, was performed at the 59E59 Theater, in New York City, through August 27, 2009. It is not yet known how many of these additional plays are complete. Besides Off the Main Road and The Killing, six others were performed in April 2009 at the William Inge
William Inge
Theater Festival, in Independence, Kansas. These six were published in A Complex Evening: Six Short Plays by William Inge.[16] Television and film[edit] In 1961 Inge won an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Splendor in the Grass
Splendor in the Grass
(Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen). John Frankenheimer
John Frankenheimer
directed All Fall Down (1962), Inge's screenplay adaptation of the novel by James Leo Herlihy. Inge was unhappy with changes made to his screenplay for Bus Riley's Back in Town
Bus Riley's Back in Town
(1965), so at his insistence, the writing credit on the film is "Walter Gage". During the 1961–62 television season, Inge was the script supervisor of ABC's Bus Stop TV series, an adaptation of his play. With Marilyn Maxwell as Grace Sherwood, the owner of Sherwood's Bus Station and Diner in a fictitious Colorado
Colorado
town, the series presented dramas about the townspeople and travelers who passed through the diner in 25 hour-long episodes. The sixth episode, "Cherie", with Tuesday Weld, Gary Lockwood
Gary Lockwood
and Joseph Cotten, was an abbreviated version of the original Bus Stop play. Robert Altman
Robert Altman
directed eight episodes, and one of these, "A Lion Walks Among Us", led to a Congressional hearing on violence. The episode, which starred Fabian Forte
Fabian Forte
as a maniacal axe-wielding serial killer, was adapted from Tom Wicker's novel Told By an Idiot.[17] In 1963 Inge met with CBS to consider a one-hour filmed television drama about a family in a Midwestern town. The series, with six continuing characters, had the tentative title All Over Town, and was planned for the 1964–65 season. Instead, Inge did a play, Out on the Outskirts of Town, which was seen November 6, 1964, on NBC as part of the Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre series. It starred Anne Bancroft and Jack Warden
Jack Warden
with Inge taking the role of the town doctor.[18][19] NBC gave the play a repeat on June 25, 1965. Novels[edit]

Inge wrote two novels, both set in the fictional town of Freedom, Kansas. In Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
(Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1970),[20] high-school Latin teacher Evelyn Wyckoff loses her job because she has an affair with the school's black janitor. The novel's themes include spinsterhood, racism, sexual tension and public humiliation during the late 1950s. Polly Platt wrote the screenplay for the 1979 film adaptation starring Anne Heywood as Evelyn Wyckoff. The film was released under several titles: The Shaming, The Sin, Secret Yearnings and Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff. My Son Is a Splendid Driver (Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1971)[21] is an autobiographical novel that traces the Hansen family from 1919 into the second half of the 20th century. The novel received praise from Kirkus Reviews:

Mr. Inge's novel, told in the form of a memoir, is a little more extended than Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
and though there's a slackening of structure and splintering of content towards the second half, the first part is immaculate in both design and focus. It features the early years of Joey, the narrator here, and there are lovely scenes, as clear as the summer sunlight, with his family and on visits to assorted relatives. The time lag between Joey and his older brother Jule—his mother's favorite, my son the splendid driver, and an attractive playboy of this midwestern world—will never be reconciled. Even long after Jule's early death from a wanton incidental. Here Act I breaks away from Act II, a whole psychic anatomy of Joey's years as a young man in compressed and fractured incidents—one replayed from Miss Wyckoff and one which seems unnecessary (his parents' syphilis). Thus Joey grows up impaired, never resolving his relationship with his absentee father or insufficiently loving mother, and ends up with his "aloneness like a corridor that has no end". Inge has told his story of life and death and all those spaces in between with a gentleness and probity which gives his novel a persistence few writers achieve.

During the early 1970s, Inge lived in Los Angeles, where he taught playwriting at the University of California, Irvine. His last several plays attracted little notice or critical acclaim, and he fell into a deep depression, convinced he would never be able to write well again. Death and legacy[edit] Inge died of suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on June 10, 1973[22] at the age of 60 and is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence, Kansas.[23] Since 1982, Independence Community College's William Inge
William Inge
Center for the Arts in Inge's hometown of Independence, Kansas, has sponsored the annual William Inge
William Inge
Theatre Festival to honor playwrights. The William Inge Collection at Independence Community College
Independence Community College
is the most extensive collection on William Inge
William Inge
in existence, including 400 manuscripts, films, correspondence, theater programs and other items related to Inge's work.[24] In the March 2008 issue of The Brooklyn Rail, playwright Adam Kraar asked former Inge House resident playwrights Marcia Cebulska, Catherine Filloux, Caridad Svich, Lydia Stryk, and Alice Tuan how exactly Inge's life and work has influenced them.[25] Inge has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[26] There is also a black box theater named for William Inge
William Inge
in Murphy Hall at the University of Kansas. Works[edit]

Plays[27]

1950: Come Back, Little Sheba 1953: Picnic 1955: Bus Stop 1957: The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1959: A Loss of Roses 1962: Summer Brave
Summer Brave
(a reworking of Picnic)[28] 1963: Natural Affection 1966: Where's Daddy? 1973: The Last Pad[29] Off the Main Road[30]

Short Plays[31]

1953: Glory in the Flower The Killing[32] The Love Death The Silent Call Bad Breath Morning on the Beach Moving In A Murder

Film and TV

1961: Splendor in the Grass 1963: All Fall Down 1964: Out on the Outskirts of Town (a reworking of Off the Main Road)[33] 1965: Bus Riley's Back in Town
Bus Riley's Back in Town
(as Walter Gage)

Novels

1970: Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 1971: My Son Is a Splendid Driver

See also[edit]

Biography portal LGBT portal

Sigma Nu
Sigma Nu
LEADership learning program

References[edit]

^ "Inge - Definitions from Dictionary.com". Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ Inge Connell, Helene (2014). Bryer, Jackson R.; Hartig, Mary C., eds. William Inge: Essays and Reminiscences on the Plays and the Man. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 201. Retrieved 22 September 2016.  ^ http://ingecenter.org/william-inge-biography/ ^ Sigma Nu
Sigma Nu
Fraternity, Inc. • Famous Members of Sigma Nu ^ "About William Inge". Ingecenter.org. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ "Picnic". The Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Roberts, Jerry (2003). The Great American Playwrights on the Screen. Applause Theater and Cinema Books. p. 268. ISBN 1557835128. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ "www.broadway.tv article, "William Inge's Broadway Demons"". Broadway.tv. May 3, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ "Bus Stop". The Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Crowther, Bosley (September 1, 1956). "The Screen: Marilyn Monroe Arrives; Glitters as Floozie in 'Bus Stop' at Roxy Stork Over Britain Tasteless Melodrama". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ "''Boston Globe''". Boston Globe. September 19, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs". The Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ http://www.theartistichome.org/natural-affection.html ^ Chipman, Jay Scott (2002). "Inge, William Motter". glbtq.com. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008.  ^ Belcher, David. "Out of Kansas, Into the World: A Trove of Inge Plays", The New York Times, August 6, 2009, C3. ^ Inge, William (2009). A Complex Evening: Six Short Plays By William Inge. Independence, Kansas: Independence Community College
Independence Community College
Press with On Stage Press. ISBN 0988509709.  ^ Roberts, Jerry (May 1, 2003). Roberts, Jerry. ''The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, TV, Video and DVD''. Applause, 2003. ISBN 978-1-55783-512-3. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ Hetrick, Adam (April 18, 2012). ""Lost" Inge Play Off the Main Road". Playbill. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Paulson, Michael (June 18, 2015). "Resurrecting Inge's Aching Empathy in 'Off the Main Road'". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Inge, William (1970). Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff. Atlantic Little Brown. OCLC 74015.  ^ Inge, William (1971). My Son Is a Splendid Driver. Little Brown & Company. OCLC 146807.  ^ "Inge's Funeral Today". The New York Times. June 12, 1973. Retrieved 24 April 2017.  ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 22980-22981). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition. ^ " William Inge
William Inge
Collection". Ingecenter.org. October 25, 1981. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ Kraar, Adam (March 2008). "Channeling Inge: Marcia Cebulska, Catherine Filloux, Caridad Svich, Lydia Stryk, and Alice Tuan with Adam Kraar". The Brooklyn Rail.  ^ St. Louis Walk of Fame. " St. Louis Walk of Fame
St. Louis Walk of Fame
Inductees". stlouiswalkoffame.org. Retrieved 25 April 2013.  ^ "William Inge". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Inge, William (1962). Summer Brave. New York: Dramatists Play Service Inc.  ^ Loynd, Ray (October 17, 1990). "STAGE REVIEW : 'Pad': Strong Execution of Inge Drama". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Soloski, Alexis (July 3, 2015). "Off the Main Road review – Inge's lost play loses the audience". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Inge, William (2009). A Complex Evening: Six Short Plays By William Inge. Independence, Kansas: Independence Community College
Independence Community College
Press with On Stage Press. ISBN 0988509709.  ^ Jaworowski, Ken (August 7, 2009). "A Death Requested, and Other Tales". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2016.  ^ Hetrick, Adam (April 18, 2012). ""Lost" Inge Play Off the Main Road". Playbill. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

Johnson, Jeff. William Inge
William Inge
and the Subversion of Gender: Rewriting Stereotypes in the Plays, Novels, and Screenplays. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2005. Radavich, David. "William Inge's Dramatic Mindscape." South Dakota Review 42:3 (Fall 2004): 49-69. Voss, Ralph F. A Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7006-0442-5

Listen to[edit]

Natural Affection audio scenes and interview

External links[edit]

69366 William Inge
William Inge
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
William Inge
William Inge
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database William Inge
William Inge
on IMDb William Inge
William Inge
Center for the Arts, at Independence Community College, in Independence, Kansas. William Motter Inge Collection at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) St. Louis Walk of Fame William Inge
William Inge
Collection at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas New York Public Library Blog about William Inge
William Inge
and Barbara Baxley

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Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Authors

Jesse Lynch Williams (1918) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1920) Zona Gale
Zona Gale
(1921) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1922) Owen Davis
Owen Davis
(1923) Hatcher Hughes (1924) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1925) George Kelly (1926) Paul Green (1927) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1928) Elmer Rice
Elmer Rice
(1929) Marc Connelly
Marc Connelly
(1930) Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell
(1931) George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
(1932) Maxwell Anderson
Maxwell Anderson
(1933) Sidney Kingsley
Sidney Kingsley
(1934) Zoe Akins
Zoe Akins
(1935) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1936) Moss Hart
Moss Hart
and George S. Kaufman
George S. Kaufman
(1937) Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1938) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1939) William Saroyan
William Saroyan
(1940) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1941) Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1943) Mary Chase (1945) Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay (1946) Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1948) Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
(1949) Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan (1950) Joseph Kramm (1952) William Inge
William Inge
(1953) John Patrick (1954) Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1955) Albert Hackett
Albert Hackett
and Frances Goodrich (1956) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1957) Ketti Frings (1958) Archibald MacLeish
Archibald MacLeish
(1959) Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
(1960) Tad Mosel
Tad Mosel
(1961) Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and Abe Burrows
Abe Burrows
(1962) Frank D. Gilroy (1965) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1967) Howard Sackler (1969) Charles Gordone (1970) Paul Zindel
Paul Zindel
(1971) Jason Miller (1973) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1975) Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante, James Kirkwood Jr., Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (1976) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
(1977) Donald L. Coburn (1978) Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
(1979) Lanford Wilson
Lanford Wilson
(1980) Beth Henley (1981) Charles Fuller (1982) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1983) David Mamet
David Mamet
(1984) James Lapine
James Lapine
and Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1985) August Wilson
August Wilson
(1987) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1988) Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein
(1989) August Wilson
August Wilson
(1990) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1991) Robert Schenkkan
Robert Schenkkan
(1992) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(1993) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1994) Horton Foote (1995) Jonathan Larson (1996) Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel
(1998) Margaret Edson (1999) Donald Margulies
Donald Margulies
(2000) David Auburn (2001) Suzan-Lori Parks
Suzan-Lori Parks
(2002) Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz
(2003) Doug Wright (2004) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(2005) David Lindsay-Abaire (2007) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2008) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage
(2009) Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2010) Bruce Norris (2011) Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012) Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar
(2013) Annie Baker
Annie Baker
(2014) Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage
(2017)

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay

1940–1960

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
(1960)

1961–1980

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
(1980)

1981–2000

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
(2000)

2001–present

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
(2017)

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