Daniel Fuchs

Daniel Fuchs, 84, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and acclaimed novelist, died July 26 in Los Angeles of heart failure.

Born in Brooklyn, Fuchs moved to Hollywood after considering himself a failed novelist.

He won the Oscar for best original story for the 1955 film “Love Me or Leave Me” about a 1920s singer whose friendship with a racketeer brings her both fame and despair.

His other screenplays include “The Hard Way” in 1942 and “Jeanne Eagels” in 1957.

Fuchs turned to screenwriting after the commercial failure of a 1930s trilogy based on his Brooklyn childhood: “Summer in Williamsburg,””Homage to Blenholt” and “Low Company.”

The books were critically praised but wracked up few sales when they first were published. They won renewed critical popularity in 1961 and 1972 reprints.

Fuchs also wrote numerous short stories for such publications as the New Yorker, Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post, and in 1971 wrote another novel, “West of the Rockies,” about a movie star and her agency representative.

Survived by two sons, Thomas and Jacob; a sister, Helen Lieberman; and three grandchildren.

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