Edward Anhalt

Edward Anhalt, Oscar-winning screenwriter whose scripts ranged from the Elvis Presley “Girls! Girls! Girls!” to the historical biopic “Becket,” died Sept. 3 of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades. Anhalt, who had been fighting multiple myeloma for about four years, was 86.

Anhalt won Oscars for 1950’s “Panic in the Streets” and 1964’s “Becket.” He garnered an Oscar nomination for “The Sniper” in 1952, which he co-wrote with Edna Anhalt, the first of his five wives. She also collaborated with him on “Panic in the Streets.” Edna Anhalt died in 1987.

He scripted a string of other notable films, including “The Member of the Wedding” (1952, on which he was also associate producer), “Pride and the Passion” with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren (1957), “The Boston Strangler” with Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis (1968), “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972, with John Milius), “Green Ice” (1981) and the TV minis “QB VII” (1974) and “Peter the Great” (1986).

His other scripting credits include “Strange Voyage” (1945), “Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back” (1947), “The Crime Doctor’s Diary” (1949), “The Young Lions” (1958), “Satan Bug” (1965), “The Madwoman of Chaillot” (1969), “Luther” (1973), “The Man in the Glass Booth” (1975), “Escape to Athena” (1979) and “The Holcroft Covenant” (1985). TV work also includes “The Day Christ Died” (1980) and “Madame X” (1981).

He is survived by a daughter and nephew.

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