Daniel Taradash


Daniel Taradash was born in Louisville, Kentucky, United States on January 29th, 1913 and is the Screenwriter. At the age of 90, Daniel Taradash biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 29, 1913
United States
Place of Birth
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Death Date
Feb 22, 2003 (age 90)
Zodiac Sign
Film Director, Screenwriter
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Daniel Taradash Life

Daniel Taradash (January 29, 1913 – February 22, 2003) was an American screenwriter. Taradash's films include Golden Boy (1939), From Here to Eternity (1952), Don't Bother to Knock (1954), Storm Center (1956), Morituri (1969), and Bogie (1981), a film biography of Humphrey Bogart.

Early years

Daniel Taradash was born in Kentucky and raised in Chicago and Miami Beach. Jules Blaustein, his future production partner, met him at Harvard University. He earned a law degree and passed the New York State bar. However, when his play The Mercy won the 1938 Bureau of New Plays competition (the two previous champions were Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams), he began a career in theater. He went to Hollywood, where he worked as a scripter. He began his work as one of four credited writers on Clifford Odets' Golden Boy (1939).

Taradash was forced to enroll in the U.S. Army during World War II and later completed training in the Signal Corps Officer Candidate program. He was sent by the Signal Corps Photo Center and spent time as a writer and producer of training films.


Daniel Taradash Career

Post World War II career

Taradash's Red Gloves, an American interpretation of Jean-Paul Sartre's Red Gloves, died on Broadway soon after the war, but the show fell quickly and he returned to Hollywood. He had more success as the co-writer on the Humphrey Bogart vehicle Knock on Any Door (1949), alongside John Monks Jr. Don't Bother to Knock (both 1952) Fritz Lang's Western Rancho Notorious and the psychodrama Don't Bother to Knock. Marlene Dietrich and Arthur Kennedy in the former appeared alongside Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe in the latter. Burt Lancaster's adaptation of James Jones' monumental book From Here to Eternity (1953) was a huge success, earning Taradash an Academy Award. Fred Zinnemann produced it. His subsequent film work was mainly in adaptations, including Desiree (1954), about Napoleon and Joséphine, Picnic (1955), and Bell, Book and Candle (1958), from John Van Druten's stage comedy.

Taradash and Jules Blaustein formed Phoenix Corporation in the mid-1950s. He also tried his hand at directing with Storm Center (1956), which starred Bette Davis as a librarian battling censorship and book banning. Taradash and Zinnemann had intended to produce two films from James Michener's huge book Hawaii but were unable to raise the funds. (When George Roy Hill made the film in 1965, he used Taradash's script with emendations by Dalton Trumbo.) Taradash's efforts by the 1970s gave him his final two scripts for the soap operas Doctors' Wives (1971) and The Other Side of Midnight (1977).

Taradash received the Best Adapted Screenplay and the Writer Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama from Here to Eternity, and was given a WGA nomination for Picnic.

Taradash served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1970 to 1973. He was the 20th president of AMPAS. Charlie Chaplin received an honorary award at Chaplin's legendary appearance at the 44th Academy Awards in 1972.

Taradash died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 90.