USC Libraries Honors ‘Chinatown’ Scribe Robert Towne

The screenwriter also recently joined the writing team for "Mad Men"

The Friends of the USC Libraries have selected Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne as the 2014 USC Libraries literary achievement award honoree. The literary achievement award recognizes writers who have made significant contributions to the art of adaptation throughout their careers.

“I am gratified to receive the USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award, knowing that it is an award I share with all those whose work I have drawn upon in the adaptation process and, indeed, all those whose work has edified and inspired me,” Towne said in a statement.

Towne won an Oscar for his Depression-era screenplay “Chinatown,” and has been nominated three other times, for “The Last Detail” (1973), “Shampoo” (1975) and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” (1984).

He has recently joined the writing team for the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men,” currently in production by Lionsgate Television.

Towne will receive the award at the ceremony on Feb. 8 at the 26th annual Scripter Award ceremony.

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