Salt, Waldo

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Salt was born in Chicago, IL, Oct. 18, 1914; graduated from Stanford University, 1934; taught drama and music at Menlo Junior College, CA, 1935; began writing scripts for Hollywood films in the late 1930s; contract writer, MGM, 1936-42; civilian consultant to the Office of War Information, 1942-45; he was investigated by the House Un-American Activities committee starting in 1947; he refused to testify on Communist affiliations and was blacklisted in 1951; wrote for television and films without credit, 1951-62; working alone or in collaboration, he added a number of important films to his screen credits including Midnight cowboy, Serpico, and Coming home; recipient of numerous awards including Academy Awards for Midnight cowboy (1968) and Coming Home (1978); died of lung cancer Mar. 7, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA.

From the description of Papers, 1936-1987. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39758578

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Salt was born in Chicago, IL, Oct. 18, 1914; graduated from Stanford University, 1934; taught drama and music at Menlo Junior College, CA, 1935; began writing scripts for Hollywood films in the late 1930s; contract writer, MGM, 1936-42; civilian consultant to the Office of War Information, 1942-45; he was investigated by the House Un-American Activities committee starting in 1947; he refused to testify on Communist affiliations and was blacklisted in 1951; wrot e for television and films without credit, 1951-62; working alone or in collaboration, he added a number of important films to his screen credits including "Midnight Cowboy," "Serpico," and "Coming Home"; recipient of numerous awards including Academy Awards for "Midnight Cowboy" (1968) and "Coming Home" (1978); died of lung cancer Mar. 7, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA.

From the guide to the Waldo Salt Papers, 1936-1987, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Salt, Waldo. Midnight cowboy : screenplay / by Waldo Salt. Broken Bow Public Library
creatorOf Salt, Waldo. Papers, 1936-1987. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Salt, Waldo. Rachel : screenplay, 1947 July 28 / by Waldo Salt. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf League of American Writers. Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser, 1935-1942. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Additional papers of Eve Merriam, ca.1930-1992 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Waldo Salt Papers, 1936-1987 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
creatorOf Salt, Waldo. Midnight cowboy : [screenplay]. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries
referencedIn Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992. Additional papers of Eve Merriam, ca. 1930-1992. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Salt, Waldo. Midnight cowboy / by Waldo Salt. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Miller Nichols Library; Health Sciences Library; Dental Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Herlihy, James Leo. person
associatedWith League of American Writers. corporateBody
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992. person
associatedWith RKO Radio Pictures, inc. corporateBody
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California--Los Angeles
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
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Male prostitutes
Motion picture plays
Screenwriters
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Swindlers and swindling
Blacklisting of authors
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Death 1987-03-07

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