The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

Stacy Conradt

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It's a Wonderful Life (that's not a slam, by the way, I love that movie). Apparently lots of famous writers have put in their time "“ sometimes uncredited time "“ on some of the most famous movies in history. Here are 10 of them.

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6. Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. OK, so perhaps Ebert isn't a writer of fine classics, but for a critic to contribute to the script for such a clunker is a little surprising. To be fair, the film is kind of a cult classic these days, but when it was released in 1970 it was a big flop.

7. James Agee, The African Queen.

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Of course, there are scads of authors who have adapted their own work for the big screen, but I chose not to include those since that's much more common. If you have any other examples, feel free to leave a comment. Have a good weekend!