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Wedding of William Rose (in his Black Watch uniform) and Tania Price in 1943

William Rose (August 31, 1918 – February 10, 1987) was an American screenwriter of British and Hollywood films.[1]

Life and careerEdit

Although born in Jefferson City, Missouri, Rose traveled to Canada after the 1939 outbreak of World War II and volunteered to fight overseas with the Black Watch.[2] After being stationed at bases in Scotland and Europe, he returned to live in Britain at war's end to work as a screenwriter, marrying an English woman, Tania Price, with whom he would later collaborate.[3]

Blessed with the ability to adapt to two distinct cultures, William Rose wrote a number of successful British comedies including Genevieve (1953).[3] He became a working associate of the American-born director, Alexander Mackendrick, notably for their collaboration on The Maggie (US:High and Dry, 1954) and The Ladykillers (1955).[3] He also provided scripts for Hollywood studios, earning several Academy Award nominations for his scriptwriting and winning the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).[4] Rose also won the Writers Guild of America award for Best Written American Comedy for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966).[5] In 1973, Rose's lifetime achievements were recognized by the Writer's Guild with their Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.[6] In the 1970s, he had a brief relationship with Katharine Hepburn.[7]

William Rose died in 1987 in Jersey, Channel Islands.[8] He is buried in the Churchyard at St. Clement Parish Church, Jersey. William and Tania divorced; she died in 2015 aged 95.[9][10]

Screenwriting awardsEdit



  1. ^ Leo Verswijver (February 27, 2003). "Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s. McFarland. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7864-1129-0.
  2. ^ "William Rose - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. ^ a b c "BFI Screenonline: Rose, William (1918-1987) Biography".
  4. ^ "William Rose - Movie and Film Awards". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Writers Guild Awards Winners 1995-1949".
  6. ^ "Screen Laurel Award Previous Recipients".
  7. ^ Carter, Grace May (18 June 2016). "Katharine Hepburn". New Word City – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "William Rose". BFI.
  9. ^ "'The Ladykillers' scriptwriter from Gloucestershire village dies aged 95" Archived 2015-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Gloucestershire Live, October 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Claudia Robinson, "Tania Rose obituary", The Guardian, December 18, 2015.

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