Internationally acclaimed American novelist, playwright, and two-times Academy Award winner screenwriter, William Goldman passed away on November 16, 2018, in New York. He was 87 and had been suffering from colon cancer and pneumonia.
Goldman, who had won Academy Awards (popularly known as the Oscars) for films ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969, Best Original Screenplay) and ‘All the President’s Men’ (1976, Best Adapted Screenplay), was considered one of the late twentieth century’s most popular storytellers and a Hollywood genius. His other prominent works include his thriller novel ‘Marathon Man’ and the comedy-fantasy novel ‘The Princess Bride’, both of which Goldman also adapted for the film versions.
William Goldman had several box-office hits under his belt and was a much sought-after script doctor. He was also popular for coining iconic phrases like “Follow the money” and “Nobody knows anything”.’ For a lot of international screenwriters, as well as a whole generation of young Indian screenwriters, Goldman happened to be a great source of inspiration.
The Screenwriters Association, Mumbai, is deeply saddened by the demise of William Goldman and prays for his soul to rest in peace.
"Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound." - William Goldman