Lawrence B. Marcus

Oscar-nommed screenwriter Lawrence B. Marcus died Aug. 28 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif., following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Marcus penned the Acad-nommed screenplay for “The Stunt Man” (1980, starring Peter O’Toole) as well as the controversial “Petulia” (1968, starring George C. Scott and Julie Christie), “Justine” (1969, directed by George Cukor), “Going Home” (1971, starring Robert Mitchum) and “Alex and the Gypsy” (1976, starring Jack Lemmon and Genevieve Bujold).

His TV credits include the series “One Step Beyond” and “The Letter,” which received three Emmy nominations. He also collaborated with such stars as Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rosalind Russell and Jim Morrison.

Born in Beaver, Utah, Marcus moved to Chicago following his father’s suicide. His formal education ended as he began working full time in a grocery and drug stores. He began writing while serving in the Air Force during World War II.

Early in his career, he worked with Billy Wilder on “Witness for the Prosecution.” Eighteen of his scripts were eventually made into feature films.

Other kudos included a Writers Guild award, a Christopher Award, an Alfred Sloat Award and nominations for Golden Globes.

In the 1980s Marcus joined the faculty of New York U. as adjunct professor of screenwriting. He lived in East Hampton and New York City prior to admission to the Motion Picture and TV Hospital earlier this year.

He is survived by his wife Viva Knight, a son, a granddaughter and a sister.

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