Published On: Sat, Nov 17th, 2018

Things We Saw Today: William Goldman, Writer of The Princess Bride & Other Perfect Works of Art, Has Died

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William Goldman, one of the most talented writers to ever live, passed away this morning. He was 87, and best known for truly perfect films like All the Presidents’ Men, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and The Princess Bride.

In addition to writing perfect screenplays, he also wrote the perfect book on writing screenplays (in addition to novels, including The Princess Bride, which he later adapted). In Adventures in Screen Trade, he coined the famous aphorism about Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything.” As he wrote, “Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.”

William Goldman’s life and work were gifts to us all. We will miss him deeply.

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