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Don Martin Mankiewicz (January 20, 1922 – April 25, 2015)[1][2][3][4][5] was an American screenwriter and novelist best known for his novel, Trial.

Don Mankiewicz
Don Martin Mankiewicz

(1922-01-20)January 20, 1922[1]
DiedApril 25, 2015(2015-04-25) (aged 93)[2][3][4][5]
Years active1953–1977
Known forTrial (Novel)
Parent(s)Sara (née Aaronson)
Herman J. Mankiewicz[1]


Early lifeEdit

Born in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of Sara (née Aaronson) and the screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and brother of journalist Frank Mankiewicz. He graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1942.


His 1955 novel Trial won the Harper Prize and was made into a film of the same name.[6] He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for I Want to Live! (1958).[2] Among his many television credits are Ironside, for which he wrote the pilot, the Star Trek episode "Court Martial",[2] and the mini-series adaptation of President John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage.

Personal lifeEdit

Mankiewicz married Ilene Korsen on March 26, 1946 and divorced her in 1972.[1] He married Carol Bell Guidi on July 1, 1972.[1] Mankiewicz had 2 children with Ilene (Jane and John).[1] He had two children with Carol (Jan and Sandy).[1] His son is a screenwriter and producer, John Mankiewicz. Jane is a fiction writer published in the New Yorker.


Mankiewicz died on April 25, 2015 at his home in Monrovia, California at the age of 93 of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 40 years and his 4 children.[2][3][4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Don Mankiewicz". Film Reference. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Don Mankiewicz dead;screenwriter 'Star Trek' episode dies". Variety. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Chawkins, Steven (April 26, 2015). "Don Mankiewicz dies at 93; novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter". LA Times. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Acclaimed screenwriter Don Mankiewicz dies". USA Today. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Barnes, Mike (April 27, 2015). "Don Mankiewicz, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter for 'I Want to Live!,' Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  6. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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