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‘Splash,’ ‘Stern’ writer Bruce Jay Friedman dead at 90



Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay author common playwright writer recognized for the wry comedy delicate pathos of such novels as “Stern” “About Harry Towns” for his scripts for “Splash” “Stir Crazy,” has died at age 90.

Son Kipp Friedman advised The Associated Press that he died Wednesday in New York City. He cited no particular trigger.

Bruce Jay Friedman’s tales of contemporary angst appealed to followers critics of performs, movies books. His successes on stage included “Scuba Duba” “Steambath,” whereas fiction readers loved “Stern,” an city Jew’s sad transition to suburban life; “About Harry Towns,” the intercourse drug adventures of a screenplay author not fairly in a position to take pleasure in his freedom.

Author of greater than a dozen books, Friedman was a favourite Hollywood wordsmith, whether or not for his work on “Splash,” for which he shared an Academy Award nomination, or because the writer of a comic book tackle bachelorhood that grew to become the Steve Martin comedy “The Lonely Guy.” His performing credit included Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail” Woody Allen’s “Husbs Wives.”

His skilled life was mirrored by an A-list social life. He talked books with Philip Roth William Styron, endured the drunken taunts of Norman Mailer, lunched with Mel Brooks attended a party for “Stir Crazy” star Richard Pryor.

Among his closest buddies have been two of the preferred authors of the 1960s ’70s, Joseph Heller Mario Puzo. In his 2011 memoir “Lucky Bruce,” Friedman remembered Puzo discussing a e book he was engaged on asking Friedman what he considered the title.

“Frankly, it doesn’t do a lot for me,” Friedman advised him as the 2 smoked cigars on the Beverly Hills Hotel. “It sounds too home.”

Puzo disagreed the e book can be recognized to hundreds of thousands by the title he most well-liked, “The Godfather.”

Friedman, descended from Jewish immigrants, was born raised in New York City studied journalism on the University of Missouri. He cherished journey tales as a toddler started pondering significantly about writing a novel whereas within the Air Force within the early ’50s, when a comming officer gave him copies of J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher within the Rye,” Thomas Wolfe’s “Of Time the River” James Jones’ “From Here to Eternity.”

“I learn the books in shut to 1 weekend it was my solely epiphany: a Jewish man can have an epiphany,” he advised The Believer in 2008. “I believed, ‘Wouldn’t or not it’s fantastic to strive one thing like that?’”


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