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George Seaton
George Seaton
(April 17, 1911 – July 28, 1979) was an American screenwriter, playwright, film director and producer, and theatre director.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Partial filmography 3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Seaton was born George Stenius in South Bend, Indiana, of Swedish descent, and baptized as Roman Catholic. He grew up in a Detroit Jewish neighborhood, and described himself as a "Shabas goy". So he went on to learn Hebrew in an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva and was even bar mitzvahed.[1] Seaton moved to Detroit
Detroit
after graduating from college to work as an actor on radio station WXYZ. John L. Barrett played The Lone Ranger on test broadcasts of the series in early January 1933, but when the program became part of the regular schedule Seaton was cast in the title role. In later years, he claimed to have devised the cry "Hi-yo, Silver" because he couldn't whistle for his horse as the script required.[2] Seaton, along with fellow writer and friend Robert Pirosh, joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
as a contract writer in 1933.[2] His first major screen credit was the Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
comedy A Day at the Races in 1937. In the early 1940s, he joined 20th Century Fox, where he remained for the rest of the decade, writing scripts for Moon Over Miami, Coney Island, Charley's Aunt, The Song of Bernadette, and others before making his directorial debut with Diamond Horseshoe
Diamond Horseshoe
in 1945. From this point on he was credited as both screenwriter and director for most of his films, including The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, Miracle on 34th Street, Apartment for Peggy, Chicken Every Sunday, The Big Lift, For Heaven's Sake, Little Boy Lost, The Country Girl, and The Proud and Profane. But Not Goodbye, Seaton's 1944 Broadway debut as a playwright, closed after only 23 performances,[3] although it later was adapted for the 1946 MGM film The Cockeyed Miracle by Karen DeWolf. In 1967 he returned to Broadway to direct the Norman Krasna play Love in E Flat, which was a critical and commercial flop.[4] The musical Here's Love, adapted from his screenplay for Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street
by Meredith Willson, proved to be more successful. Seaton won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay twice, for Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street
(which also earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay) and The Country Girl, and was nominated for Oscars three additional times. He received The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1961. He directed 1970's blockbuster hit Airport, which earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Seaton's screenplay. Seaton died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills, California
in 1979. Partial filmography[edit]

A Day at the Races (1937) The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) (writer) Bedtime Story (1941) (writer only) The Song of Bernadette (1943) The Meanest Man in the World (1943) Junior Miss
Junior Miss
(1945) The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
(1947) Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street
(1947) Apartment for Peggy (1948) Chicken Every Sunday
Chicken Every Sunday
(1949) The Big Lift
The Big Lift
(1950) For Heaven's Sake (1950) Little Boy Lost (1953) The Country Girl (1954) The Proud and Profane
The Proud and Profane
(1956) Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot (1957) Teacher's Pet (1958) The Pleasure of His Company
The Pleasure of His Company
(1961) The Counterfeit Traitor
The Counterfeit Traitor
(1962) The Hook (1963) 36 Hours (1964) What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
(1968) Airport (1970) Showdown (1973)

References[edit]

^ Hello, I Must Be Going: Groucho and His Friends, p. 187, at Google Books ^ a b Moviefone.com biography Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine. ^ But Not Goodbye at the Internet Broadway Database ^ Love in E Flat at the Internet Broadway Database

External links[edit]

George Seaton
George Seaton
on IMDb George Seaton
George Seaton
Papers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Non-profit organization positions

Preceded by Charles Brackett President of Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences 1955–1958 Succeeded by George Stevens

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Films directed by George Seaton

Diamond Horseshoe
Diamond Horseshoe
(1945) Junior Miss
Junior Miss
(1945) The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
(1947) Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street
(1947) Apartment for Peggy (1948) Chicken Every Sunday
Chicken Every Sunday
(1949) The Big Lift
The Big Lift
(1950) For Heaven's Sake (1950) Anything Can Happen
Anything Can Happen
(1952) Little Boy Lost (1953) The Country Girl (1954) The Proud and Profane
The Proud and Profane
(1956) Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot (1957) Teacher's Pet (1958) The Pleasure of His Company
The Pleasure of His Company
(1961) The Counterfeit Traitor
The Counterfeit Traitor
(1962) The Hook (1963) 36 Hours (1965) What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
(1968) Airport (1970) Showdown (1973)

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Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

1928–1950

Benjamin Glazer (1928) Hanns Kräly (1929) Frances Marion
Frances Marion
(1930) Howard Estabrook
Howard Estabrook
(1931) Edwin J. Burke (1932) Victor Heerman
Victor Heerman
and Sarah Y. Mason
Sarah Y. Mason
(1933) Robert Riskin
Robert Riskin
(1934) Dudley Nichols (1935) Pierre Collings
Pierre Collings
and Sheridan Gibney (1936) Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly Raine
Norman Reilly Raine
(1937) Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Arthur Lewis, W. P. Lipscomb, and George Bernard Shaw (1938) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1939) Donald Ogden Stewart
Donald Ogden Stewart
(1940) Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller (1941) George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis (1942) Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch (1943) Frank Butler, and Frank Cavett (1944) Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) Robert Sherwood (1946) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

Harry Brown and Michael Wilson (1951) Charles Schnee (1952) Daniel Taradash (1953) George Seaton
George Seaton
(1954) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1955) John Farrow, S. J. Perelman, and James Poe (1956) Carl Foreman
Carl Foreman
and Michael Wilson (1957) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1958) Neil Paterson (1959) Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks
(1960) Abby Mann (1961) Horton Foote (1962) John Osborne
John Osborne
(1963) Edward Anhalt (1964) Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) James Goldman (1968) Waldo Salt (1969) Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975)

1976–2000

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1976) Alvin Sargent (1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Kurt Luedtke (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
and Mark Peploe (1987) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1988) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving
John Irving
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000)

2001–present

Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
(2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) Chris Terrio (2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Y. Frank Freeman (1956) Samuel Goldwyn (1957) Bob Hope (1959) Sol Lesser (1960) George Seaton (1961) Steve Broidy (1962) Edmond L. DePatie (1965) George Bagnall (1966) Gregory Peck (1967) Martha Raye (1968) George Jessel (1969) Frank Sinatra (1970) Rosalind Russell (1972) Lew Wasserman (1973) Arthur B. Krim (1974) Jules C. Stein (1975) Charlton Heston (1977) Leo Jaffe (1978) Robert Benjamin (1979) Danny Kaye (1981) Walter Mirisch (1982) M. J. Frankovich (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1985) Howard W. Koch (1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
/ Elizabeth Taylor (1992) Paul Newman (1993) Quincy Jones (1994) Arthur Hiller (2001) Roger Mayer (2005) Sherry Lansing (2007) Jerry Lewis (2009) Oprah Winfrey (2011) Jeffrey Katzenberg (2012) Angelina Jolie (2013) Harry Belafonte (2014) Debbie Reynolds (2015)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 64195636 LCCN: n86139948 ISNI: 0000 0001 1028 325X GND: 141046155 SUDOC: 133218686 BNF: cb13940077j (data) BNE: XX1064664 SN