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letterS tHe MAGAzine OF tHe WriterS GuilD OF AMeriCA, WeSt History revisited Many thanks for dedicating so much thought and fine work to the Trumbos [January 2012]. From the Contents page to your editorial and the three pieces involving Trumbo and/or Christopher, it is a power-ful and moving testament. I know that Chris would have been vastly pleased by all of it, though of course the Roman Holiday credits were his prime concern. He would also have appreciated your decision to inform today’s generation of young writers with an understanding of the Blacklist. I certainly do. | Michael Butler In the article by Ed Rampell on Dalton Trumbo, he quotes Chris Trumbo, “When it was announced at the Academy Awards cere-mony that The Brave One [1956] had won, the [presenter] asked for [screenwriter] Robert Rich. There was no Robert Rich pres-ent; a functionary of I think the [Writers] Guild went on stage and accepted it for his ‘good friend, Robert Rich.’” To put the record straight, the writer who collected the Oscar that night was Jesse L. Lasky Jr. (writer of ultimately some 50 films, eight for C.B. deMille). Jesse was to become a vice presi-dent of the Guild and later, my writing partner and husband. He told me that he was asked by the president of the Guild, Edmund L. Hartmann, to accept the award for their member, Robert Rich. Jesse, not being told who “Rich” really was or why he was not there—or what to do with the Oscar—took it home for about a week and, finally being told the truth, brought it to the Guild to hold for Trumbo. | Pat Silver-Lasky It was with great pleasure that I read “Trumbo Gets His Due for ‘Roman Holiday’” (ArtsBeat, New York Times,Dec. 21). Although it has been said that justice delayed is justice denied, in this case that maxim does not apply. Dalton Trumbo was my friend and one of the finest screenwrit-ers of the 20th century. He told me that because he was black-listed, he couldn’t sell Roman Holiday under his own name. In 1959, when I broke the blacklist and gave Dalton Trumbo screen credit for writing Spartacus, it was one of the proudest deci-sions of my life. I congratulate the Writers Guild of America, West; Tim Hunt-er, son of the screenwriter who received the credit for Roman Holi-day; and the late Christopher Trumbo, Dalton’s son, for working tirelessly to see that justice was finally done. Kirk Douglas to the New York Times | Beverly Hills, Calif., Dec. 22, 2011 revisionistic History CORRECTION: Dalton Trumbo’s Original Story credit on Roman Holiday was restored in 1991, not 1975 as we published. We regret the error. 2 • WG AW Written B y FEBRU AR Y/MARCH 20 12 W ritten By © © WGAWOFFiCerS President Chris Keyser Vice President Howard A. Rodman Secretary-treasurer Carl Gottlieb WGAWBOArD OF DireCtOrS Alfredo Barrios Jr., John Brancato, Linda Burstyn, Ian Deitchman, Carleton Eastlake, Katherine Fugate, David A. Goodman, David S. Goyer, Mark Gunn, Kathy Kiernan, Aaron Mendelsohn, Billy Ray, Thania St. John, Robin Schiff, David Shore, Dan Wilcox exeCutiVe DireCtOr David Young GenerAl COunSel Tony Segall WGAWPHOne inFOrMAtiOn The Guild (All Departments) 323.951.4000 WeBSite: WWW.WGA.OrG WGAW DePArtMentS Administration Agency Awards & elections Claims Contracts Credits Dues Diversity executive Offices Film Society Finance Human resources legal library Member Services Membership Organizing Public Affairs Publications registration residuals Signatories theater Operations Written By Pension & Health WritersCare info. 323.951.4000 782.4520 782.4502 782.4569 782.4663 782.4501 782.4528 782.4531 782.4589 951.4000 782.4508 782.4637 782.4615 782.4521 782.4544 782.4747 782.4532 782.4511 782.4574 782.4699 782.4500 782.4700 782.4514 782.4525 782.4699 818.846.1015 800.227.7863 800.890-0288 Written By welcomes your comments. Send letters to: 7000 W. Third St., L.A., CA 90048 Or E-mail us at writtenby@wga.org FAx 323.782.4800

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History Revisited

Many thanks for dedicating so much thought and fine work to the Trumbos [January 2012]. From the Contents page to your editorial and the three pieces involving Trumbo and/or Christopher, it is a powerful and moving testament. I know that Chris would have been vastly pleased by all of it, though of course the Roman Holiday credits were his prime concern. He would also have appreciated your decision to inform today’s generation of young writers with an understanding of the Blacklist. I certainly do. | Michael Butler

In the article by Ed Rampell on Dalton Trumbo, he quotes Chris Trumbo, “When it was announced at the Academy Awards ceremony that The Brave One [1956] had won, the [presenter] asked for [screenwriter] Robert Rich. There was no Robert Rich present; a functionary of I think the [Writers] Guild went on stage and accepted it for his ‘good friend, Robert Rich.’”

To put the record straight, the writer who collected the Oscar that night was Jesse L. Lasky Jr. (writer of ultimately some 50 films, eight for C.B. deMille). Jesse was to become a vice president of the Guild and later, my writing partner and husband.He told me that he was asked by the president of the Guild, Edmund L. Hartmann, to accept the award for their member, Robert Rich. Jesse, not being told who “Rich” really was or why he was not there—or what to do with the Oscar—took it home for about a week and, finally being told the truth, brought it to the Guild to hold for Trumbo. | Pat Silver-Lasky

It was with great pleasure that I read “Trumbo Gets His Due for ‘Roman Holiday’” (ArtsBeat, New York Times, Dec. 21). Although it has been said that justice delayed is justice denied, in this case that maxim does not apply.

Dalton Trumbo was my friend and one of the finest screenwriters of the 20th century. He told me that because he was blacklisted, he couldn’t sell Roman Holiday under his own name.

In 1959, when I broke the blacklist and gave Dalton Trumbo screen credit for writing Spartacus, it was one of the proudest decisions of my life.

I congratulate the Writers Guild of America, West; Tim Hunter, son of the screenwriter who received the credit for Roman Holiday; and the late Christopher Trumbo, Dalton’s son, for working tirelessly to see that justice was finally done.

Kirk Douglas to the New York Times | Beverly Hills, Calif., Dec. 22, 2011

Revisionistic History

CORRECTION:

Dalton Trumbo’s Original Story credit on Roman Holiday was restored in 1991, not 1975 as we published. We regret the error.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Letters/974379/100376/article.html.

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