Monday, December 04, 2017

Happy Birthday to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer and Screenwriter A. Scott Berg

A. Scott Berg was born today, December 4, in 1949. He is an award-winning biographer.

After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, Berg expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978), which won a National Book Award. His second book Goldwyn: A Biography was published in 1989.

Berg's third book Lindbergh, a highly anticipated biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh was published in 1998, becoming a New York Times Best Seller, and winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. In 2003 Berg published Kate Remembered, a biography-cum-memoir about his friendship with actress Katharine Hepburn. His biography of Woodrow Wilson was published in 2013. He is currently working on a biography of Thurgood Marshall.

Berg also wrote the story for Making Love (1982), a controversial film that was the first major studio drama to address the subjects of gay love, closeted marriages, and coming out. The video below is a scene from that movie.

Michael Ontkean and Harry Hamlin in the film, Making Love

Berg lives with his partner Kevin McCormick, a film producer, in Los Angeles.

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