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playwright , screenwriter

Samuel A. Taylor, American playwright. Member Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, Writers Guild American, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Century Association Clubs: Century Association (New York City).

Background

Taylor, Samuel A. was born on June 13, 1912 in San Francisco, California, United States.

Education

Student, University California, Berkeley.

Career

Born Samuel Albert Tanenbaum, in a Jewish family, in Chicago, Illinois, Taylor made his Broadway debut as author of the play The Happy Time in 1950. He wrote the play and co-wrote its film adaptation released the following year. His early success brought him more work in Hollywood, including the biographical film and the Alfred Hitchcock classic.

His film career faded after the initial box office failure of Vertigo, though Hitchcock and Taylor remained frequent collaborators. He was often contracted to write drafts for Hitchcock's later films, such as Torn Curtain (1966), though Taylor's only other Hitchcock screenplay (apart from Vertigo) was for Topaz (1969). Other playwrighting credits include , which was later adapted for the Billy Wilder film released in 1972, and.

Taylor died of heart failure in Blue Hill, Maine. His credits are sometimes confused with those of novelist and screenwriter Samuel W. Taylor.

Achievements

  • In 1955, he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay. Taylor was nominated for his only Tony Award in as co-producer of the musical play No Strings (1962), for which he also wrote the book.

Works

Membership

Member Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, Writers Guild American, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Century Association Clubs: Century Association (New York City).

Connections

Married Suzanne Combes, June 4, 1940. Children: Ellinor, Michael, David.

spouse:
Suzanne Combes

children:
Ellinor Taylor

Michael Taylor

David Taylor