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Edward Anhalt, American Screenwriter. Recipient Academy award, 1950, 64, nomination, 1950, 51, 64, Poe award Mystery Writers American, Lifetime award WGA, 1976, Annual award, 1985. M C. Captain United States Air Force.


Anhalt, Edward was born on March 28, 1914 in New York City. Son of Samuel and Minnie (Aschaim) Anhalt.


After the war, the Anhalts graduated to writing screenplays for thrillers, initially using the joint pseudonym Andrew Holt.


During World War II, Anhalt served with the Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California as a scenarist for training films. Put under contract by Columbia, the Anhalts scripted Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947). After the couple divorced, Anhalt proved a versatile, consistently effective (and reputedly speedy) scenarist.

He penned the superb adaptation of Irwin Shaw's World War II novel The Young Lions (1958) and the slick Wives and Lovers (1963). The screenwriter earned a second Academy Award for his excellent adaptation of Jean Anouilh's play Becket (1964). Subsequent solo outings included The Boston Strangler (1968), The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) and two for Ely A. Landau's American Film Theater, Luther (1973) and The Man in the Glass Booth (1975).

He scored some solid box office successes with The Satan Bug (1965) and Jeremiah Johnson (1972). In the early 1970s, Anhalt returned to the small screen, earning a well-deserved Emmy nomination for the acclaimed ABC miniseries QB VII (1974). Three years later, he scripted the Frank Sinatra vehicle Contract on Cherry Street (NBC) and contributed to the small screen remake of Madame X (NBC, 1981) and the biblically inspired The Day Christ Died (CBS, 1982).

Anhalt was also the guiding force behind the lavish 1985 NBC miniseries Peter the Great. His feature film output towards the end of his life was much more erratic, with films like Escape to Athena (1979), Green Ice (1981) and The Holcroft Covenant (1985) being lambasted by critics and failing to find an audience.


  • After a stint at Twentieth Century Fox during which they earned an Oscar for the screen story to the urban thriller Panic in the Streets (1950), the husband and wife team returned to Columbia as writer-producers, scoring another Academy Award nomination for their story to the gritty thriller The Sniper in 1952.


  • Other Work

    • Screenwriter numerous films, including Mad Woman of Chaillot, Wives and Lovers, Man in the Glass Booth, Young Lions, Jerimiah Johnson (Western Hall of Fame Annual award), Satan Bug, Pride and the Passion, Member of the Wedding, Luther, Boston Strangler (Edgar Allan Poe annual award Mystery Writers American), Panic in the Streets (Academy award), The Sniper (Academy award nomination), The Holcroft Covenant, In Love and War, Girls, Girls, Girls, Not as a Stranger, Sins of Rachel Cade, Young Savages, Green Ice, Girl Named Tamiko, In Enemy Country, Escape to Athena, Becket (Academy award), Hour of the Gun. (television) QBVII (Emmy nomination), Contract on Cherry Street, The Day That Christ Died, A Time for Killing, Madam X, Peter The Great (WGA Annual award), The Neon Empire.


Perhaps their most notable effort was the 1952 screen version of Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding which preserved the stage performances of Julie Harris, Brandon deWilde and Ethel Waters.


Married Huguette Patenaude, July 15, 1995. 1 child, Julie.

Samuel Anhalt

Minnie (Aschaim) Anhalt

Huguette Patenaude

Julie Anhalt