Friday, August 10, 2007

Writer-Director Melville Shavelson Dies at 90

Writer-Director Melville Shavelson has passed away at the age of 90.

Shavelson wrote and directed family films including THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS, HOUSEBOAT, and YOURS, MINE AND OURS.

Earlier in his career, he wrote the screenplays for Danny Kaye's WONDER MAN and Doris Day films including ON MOONLIGHT BAY, I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, and APRIL IN PARIS.

Shavelson also produced a few films. He is quoted as having said, "I’m a writer by choice and a producer by necessity and a director in self-defense."

Shavelson taught writing at USC for 18 years; he just retired in 2006.

A detailed obituary was posted today at the USC website.

Saturday Update: Many thanks to Anne at Just Muttering for the link and posting the additional Shavelson stories. Mr. Shavelson sounds like he was quite a guy. Here's a link to his autobiography, which was published earlier this year.


Blogger jau said...

How marvelous to create such delightful works, and then to continue writing and teaching until 90! My hero.

Thanks for telling us about him.

Have a great weekend.

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