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:

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.

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