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Charles Brackett
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    (November 26, 1892-March 9, 1969)
    Born in Saratoga Springs, New York
    Screenwriter and producer
    Collaborated with Billy Wilder on thirteen films, including ‘Ninotchka’ (1939), ‘Ball of Fire’ (1941), ‘The Major and the Minor’ (1942), ‘The Lost Weekend’ (1945) and ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (1950)
    Also wrote and produced ‘To Each His Own’ (1946), ‘Niagara’ (1953), ‘Titanic’ (1953), ‘The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing’ (1955) and ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959)
    Produced the films ‘The Uninvited’ (1944), ‘The Virgin Queen’ (1955), ‘The King and I’ (1956), ‘High Time’ (1960) and ‘State Fair’ (1962)
    President of the Screenwriters Guild (1938-39) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1949-55)
    Diaries published as ‘It’s the Pictures That Got Small’ (2014)
    He was an attorney before becoming a writer.
    His second wife was his first wife’s sister.
    His handwriting was so bad only his personal secretary could interpret his scrawl.
    He and Wilder came to blows in the screening room while previewing ‘Sunset Boulevard.’
    He joined the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I and received the French Legion of Honor.
    He was the theater critic for ‘The New Yorker,’ replacing another future screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz.
    Wilder announced his plans to end their partnership via a press release, without telling Brackett first (1948).
    He won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘The Lost Weekend’ and for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Titanic.’
    Newsweek wrote that his diaries read ‘like a funnier, better-paced version of ‘Barton Fink.’’

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