David Newman (screenwriter)

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David Newman (February 4, 1937 – June 27, 2003) was an American screenwriter. From the late 1960s through the early 1980s he frequently collaborated with Robert Benton. He was married to fellow writer Leslie Newman, with whom he had two children, until the time of his death. He died in 2003 of conditions from a stroke.[1]

David Newman
Born(1937-02-04)February 4, 1937
New York City
DiedJune 27, 2003(2003-06-27) (aged 66)
New York City
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1965–2003
Spouse(s)Leslie Newman (1958–2003; his death; 2 children)


Newman studied at the University of Michigan. He went to work at Esquire magazine where he met Robert Benton. The two of them wrote Bonnie and Clyde which made them highly in demand in Hollywood. From the University of Michigan GARGAlum Newsletter, 2002: "David Newman, 1958 University of Michigan humor magazine Gargoyle editor, has been nominated for the Academy Award, won the New York Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics Award, and three Writers Guild of America Awards for various screen plays including: Bonnie & Clyde, Superman I, II and II among many others, David received his BA and MA at U of M where he twice won the Avery Hopwood Award. David became an editor at Esquire Magazine, He co-created the Dubious Achievement Awards. He took pride in having coined the phrase: 'Why is this man laughing?' and wished he had copyrighted it." [2]

When Benton became a director, Newman started collaborating with his wife Leslie.[3]

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  1. ^ Obituary at New York Times accessed 26 Oct 2014
  2. ^ Mikael Colville-Andersen (October 1, 1998). "New York Conversation - David Newman at Hotel Chelsea". Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "With the Walkout Over, Writers David and Leslie Newman Strike Up 'Superman III'" By Fred Bernstein People Magazine July 27, 1981 accessed 26 Oct 2014

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