The Info List - Ronald Bass

Ronald Bass (born March 26, 1942) sometimes credited as Ron Bass, is an American screenwriter and film producer. Bass's work is characterized as being highly in demand, and he is thought to be among the most highly paid writers in Hollywood. He is often called the "King of the Pitches".[citation needed] In 1988, he received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
for Rain Man, and films that Bass is associated with are regularly nominated for multiple motion picture awards. His films have grossed over $2 billion dollars.[1][2]


1 Life and career 2 “The Ronettes” 3 Works

3.1 Novels 3.2 Films

4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Bass was born in Los Angeles, California. From the age of 3 to 11, Bass was afflicted with an undiagnosed condition that kept him bedridden. His symptoms included respiratory problems and stomach pains with high fevers and nausea. It was during this illness, at age six, that Bass is said to have started writing. During his teens, Bass began work on a novel, which he entitled Voleur. He completed this work at age 17 and showed it to his English teacher. He took her critique of his first completed project quite hard. She described the writing as very good, but she felt that it was too personal to be published. Bass's response was to later burn his manuscript. Later in life, Bass recalled "it was like the voice of God telling me I didn't have what it takes to be a writer, and I should find something practical to do with my life".[citation needed] Bass would revisit his teenage writings later in life. Bass entered law studies, first at Stanford, then Yale, and finally at Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1967 with a degree in law. He seemed quite confident about his future prospects, saying, "When I learned there was such a thing as entertainment law, I thought, 'This is where I belong'".[citation needed] Back in Los Angeles, Bass began a seventeen-year career practicing law in the entertainment business. He was successful, and eventually rose to the level of partner in his law firm. Bass has worked with his sister Diane Bass, who served as an uncredited technical consultant on the film Rain Man. As he moved up the career ladder in law, the love of writing that Bass had acquired as a child never left him. He started writing again, usually during the predawn hours before going to work. Writing and working at unusual hours became a lifelong habit of his. In 1974, he began to rework his novel Voleur, apparently from memory, as he had burned the manuscript in a fit of pique when he was 17. In 1978, he completed the work, renaming it The Perfect Thief (ISBN 0-515-04622-1). This was the first of his three published novels. In 1982, Bass published his second novel, Lime's crisis: A novel (ISBN 0-688-01025-3). The Lime referred to in the title is Harry Lime, the central mystery character of the 1949 motion picture The Third Man. On January 1, 1984, his third novel was published, The Emerald Illusion (ISBN 0-688-02622-2). The following year, he wrote the screenplay Code Name: Emerald, based on this novel. It was his debut as a screenwriter with a produced script.[3] As a screenwriter, Bass is known for successfully working in collaboration with other writers, including Amy Tan
Amy Tan
on The Joy Luck Club and Al Franken
Al Franken
on When a Man Loves a Woman. Bass is currently producing the upcoming film The Moon and the Sun. “The Ronettes”[edit] A small controversy has arisen over Bass's use of assistants to help him write screenplays. While it is common for screenwriters to employ assistants to help them with research and typing, Bass employs six or seven mostly female assistants that one journalist dubbed “The Ronettes”. According to Bass, his assistants help him in research and also in critiquing his scripts. They enable him to write, revise, or polish a comparatively large number of screenplays each year.[4][5] Works[edit] Novels[edit]

The Perfect Thief, 1978, ISBN 0-515-04622-1 Lime's crisis: A novel, 1982, ISBN 0-688-01025-3 The Emerald Illusion, January 1, 1984, ISBN 0-688-02622-2

Films[edit] Please see the WGA screenwriting credit system
WGA screenwriting credit system
for an explanation of the terms story by, screenplay by, and written by. Also note that under the rules of the Writers Guild of America, Bass has not received on-screen credit for every script he has contributed to. It is thought that Bass has helped to write or consulted on more than 100 screenplays (not all of which have necessarily been produced).[citation needed]

Film Year Writing Credit Producing Credit Alternate Name Credit Additional Information

Code Name: Emerald 1985 Screenplay

Adapted from his novel The Emerald Illusion

Gardens of Stone 1987 Screenplay

Black Widow 1987 Written

Rain Man 1988 screenplay

Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

Sleeping with the Enemy 1991 Screenplay

The Joy Luck Club 1993 Screenplay Producer

Reunion 1994 Teleplay


When a Man Loves a Woman 1994 Written Executive producer

Role as "AA Man #1"

The Enemy Within 1994 Teleplay

as Ron Bass Made-for-television

Waiting to Exhale 1995 Screenplay Executive producer

Dangerous Minds 1995 Screenplay

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 Written Producer

Stepmom 1998 Screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass

What Dreams May Come 1998 Screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 Screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 Screenplay Producer as Ron Bass

Entrapment 1999 Story & screenplay Executive producer as Ron Bass

Swing Vote 1999 Written

as Ron Bass Made-for-television

Invisible Child 1999 Story

as Ron Bass Made-for-television

Border Line 1999 Story & teleplay

as Ron Bass Made-for-television

Passion of Mind 2000 Written Producer as Ron Bass

The Lazarus Child 2004 Screenplay Executive producer

Mozart and the Whale 2005 Written Producer as Ron Bass

Amelia 2009 Screenplay Executive producer

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2011 Screenplay

Before We Go 2014 Screenplay

The King's Daughter 2016 Screenplay


^ Friend, Tad (17 January 2000). "The Two-Billion-Dollar Man" – via www.newyorker.com.  ^ "The Making of 'Rain Man'".  ^ Dutka, Elaine (10 August 1997). "Ron Bass, Screenwriting Machine" – via LA Times.  ^ http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/146/ ^ "So Long, Soho House! Why Hollywood
Players Are Working in Offbeat Offices". 

External links[edit]

Ronald Bass on IMDb Bass's entry at the Screenwriter's Utopia A Harvard Alumni article on Bass Commentary on Bass from Lukeford.net Hollywood.com, lists "milestones" in Bass's life at Archive.is (archived 2013-01-25) Bio page from the official website of How Stella Got Her Groove Back A brief excerpt from Reuters/Variety occurs toward the end of this page from Talent Develop.com A MovieMaker.com article featuring a sidebar bio on Bass A bio from Screenmancer.tv An interview with Sight & Sound

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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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