John Pascal

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John Pascal
BornJuly 8, 1932
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 7, 1981 (age 48)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, novelist
Spouse(s)Donna J. Stone
Francine Pascal

John Pascal (July 8, 1932 – January 7, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter, author, and journalist.


John Robert Pascal was born on July 8, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his journalism degree at New York University.


Pascal was a playwright and screenwriter. His works included collaboration on the book for the Broadway musical George M!, which was also released on NBC, and on scripts for the ABC Daytime soap opera The Young Marrieds. With his second wife, Pascal worked on various projects including The Young Marrieds and The Strange Case of Patty Hearst. The Pascals also worked with Ms. Pascal's brother, Broadway playwright and librettist Michael Stewart, writing the book for George M!

Pascal was a novelist, as well, authoring such books as The Strange Case of Patty Hearst, The Jean Harlow Story, and Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Story of Her Life, Her Loves and Her Death. Early in his career, he worked as a journalist and an editor for The New York Times. He later developed and wrote a weekly Sunday column for New York's Newsday, which ran until his death.

Personal life[edit]

His first wife was poet Donna J. Stone, with whom he had a son, Matthew. He later married children's author Francine Pascal.


Pascal died of lung cancer on January 7, 1981.


  • George M! (Book by Michael Stewart, John Pascal, and Francine Pascal: Tams-Witmark, 1968; National Broadcasting Co., 1970)
  • The Strange Case of Patty Hearst (John Pascal and Francine Pascal: Signet Books, 1974)
  • The Jean Harlow Story (John Pascal: Popular Library, 1964)
  • Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Story of Her Life, Her Loves and Her Death (John Pascal: Popular Library, 1962)
  • The Young Marrieds (John Pascal and Francine Pascal: American Broadcasting Co., 1964–1966)
  • The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005)
  • The New York Times Obituary: John R. Pascal (The New York Times Co., 1981)
  • Newsday Obituary: John Robert Pascal (Newsday, LLC, 1981)

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