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Waldo Salt
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    (October 18, 1914-March 7, 1987)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Won Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Midnight Cowboy’ (1969) and Best Original Screenplay for ‘Coming Home’ (1978)
    Also wrote screenplays for the films ‘The Shopworn Angel’ (1938), ‘The Wild Man of Borneo’ (1941), ‘Arms and the Woman’ (1944), ‘Rachel and the Stranger’ (1948), ‘Taras Bulba’ (1962), ‘Wild and Wonderful’ (1964), ‘The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight’ (1971), ‘Serpico’ (1973) and ‘The Day of the Locust’ (1975)
    Subject of the documentary ‘Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey’ (1990)
    Father of actress Jennifer Salt
    He was divorced twice.
    He joined the American Communist Party (1938).
    One of the directors of ‘Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey’ said of his initial post-blacklist work, ‘The kitsch he wrote in the early Sixties cost him his self-respect.’
    He graduated from Stanford at age 18.
    He was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (1951).
    He said, ‘I wish we had done something to deserve being blacklisted. I wish we’d had that much influence on film or on politics at that time.’
    The Sundance Film Festival named its award for best screenplay after him.

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