Two-time Oscar-winning writer William Goldman passed away last night in his Manhattan home, surrounded by friends and family. The writer’s health had been bad for some time, but over the summer his condition deteriorated.
Goldman began his career as a novelist, and transitioned into writing scripts in 1965, when he wrote Masquerade. Through his lengthy career, Goldman penned some of cinema’s best films, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men, both of which earned him Academy Awards, and the beloved picture, The Princess Bride, of which he also penned the novel.
As well as these, he also penned films like The Stepford Wives, The Great Waldo Pepper, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, Misery, and Marathon Man (he also wrote the novel). Goldman also did a lot of script doctoring behind the scenes without taking credit, as he did on films that included Indecent Proposal and A Few Good Men.
Beyond this, he was also a renowned memoirist, perhaps best known for his travelogue through the movie business, entitled Adventures In The Screen Trade, in which he provides an extremely apt description of Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything.”
Since the announcement of his passing, Goldman has been remembered fondly by those in Hollywood:
So sorry to hear of the passing of William Goldman. He was both witty and talented. His screenplay of my book MISERY was a beautiful thing. Rest In Peace, Bill.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 16, 2018
RIP #WilliamGoldman. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever. I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world. https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 16, 2018
It's no small feat to be a smart, witty writer and smart and witty about writing. RIP the legendary adventurer in screenwriting, William Goldman. https://t.co/oqSyQaRq2R
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 16, 2018
I was lucky, in 1984, to interview William Goldman at the Savoy. He brightened up when I told him that of all his books, I loved The Princess Bride, then his least successful book, the best. A gentleman: he wrote brilliant novels & screenplays & explained Hollywood to the world.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 16, 2018
Legendary William Goldman, has died. He gave us ‘The Princess Bride’, ( book even better than the film) ‘Butch Cassidy-’ screenplay of "All the President's Men’ and best book on show biz, ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade’. He was also a true friend. Thank you dear Bill pic.twitter.com/dcwfYPd3ue
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 16, 2018
RIP William Goldman. The kind of screenwriter so many of us aspire to be. We will likely never climb to such heights but thank you sir for inspiring us and lifting us with your craft and wisdom. Your words will live forever.
— Jonathan Lloyd Walker (@J_L_Walker) November 16, 2018
Many years ago, when I was an editor at EW, I was dispatched to William Goldman's suite at the Carlyle Hotel, where he lived, with the mission of trying to get him to write a column for the magazine. I failed. But the two hours he talked before telling me to fuck off was a blast.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 16, 2018
A screenwriting god just passed away, William Goldman. His book Adventures in the Screen Trade was my first screenwriting bible. His scripts for Butch Cassidy and All the Presidents Men won Oscars. But for me The Princess Bride is his masterpiece and greatest legacy. RIP. pic.twitter.com/3z4jVfU1FG
— Cinco Paul (@cincopedia) November 16, 2018
“Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.” ~ William Goldman
— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) November 16, 2018
As with so many writers, Goldman’s work will long be remembered, and the stories he crafted will continue to touch audiences in years to come. Rest in peace.