Writer-producer John Wells has donated $250,000 to help complete the $2 million expansion of the Writers Guild Foundation library.
Construction began last month on the facility, located in the WGA West headquarters building. Grand opening for the library, which contains 9,000 scripts and 4,000 books, is set for May; aim is to triple floor space to 5,500 square feet.
“It is essential we as writers protect our own literary heritage,” said Wells, who served as WGA West president from 1999-2001.
Fund-raising effort launched last year with a $500,000 contribution from Audrey Wilder, widow of Billy Wilder. The library’s main reading room will be named in memory of Billy Wilder and his principal collaborators, Charles Brackett and I.A.L. Diamond.
Writer-director Garry Marshall has also contributed $250,000 to the campaign. Recent contributions by Ron Shelton, Leslie and Peter Tolan, Blake Edwards and Jim Mulholland were made jointly in honor of Preston Sturges, for whom the lounge area will be named.
Other contributions have come from veteran writer Sherwood Schwartz, former WGA West and foundation president Mel Shavelson, Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon, Maggie and Barry Kemp, Rose and David Dortort and John Sacret Young.