Lawrence Schiller

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Lawrence Schiller
Born (1936-12-28) December 28, 1936 (age 78)
New York City, New York
Occupation producer, director, screenwriter
Years active 1971 - present

Lawrence Julian Schiller (born December 28, 1936) is a noted American film producer, director and screenwriter.


Schiller was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, and grew up outside of San Diego, California. After attending Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, he worked for Life magazine, Paris Match, The Sunday Times, Time, Newsweek, Stern, and The Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist. He published his first book, LSD, in 1966. Since then he has published eleven books, including W. Eugene Smith's Minamata and Norman Mailer's Marilyn. He collaborated with Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce (in 1967 he edited and produced the Capitol Records audio documentary album "Why did Lenny Bruce die?") [1] and with Norman Mailer on The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale. His own books that became national bestsellers and made the New York Times Bestseller list include American Tragedy, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Cape May Court House, and Into the Mirror.

He has directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. American Tragedy, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and Into the Mirror were made into television mini-series for CBS, all of which Schiller produced and directed. In 2008, after the death of the writer Norman Mailer, he was named Senior Advisor to the Norman Mailer Estate and is the Managing Director of The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony, in New York, NY, which he created with Norris Mailer. Schiller was a close friend of Mailer and collaborator on five of his works, and represents the Norman Mailer Licensing company.

Schiller served as a consultant to political campaigns and major corporations on such issues as crisis management, branding, public imaging and the use of social networking. Schiller has been an on air analyst to NBC news, a consultant to TASCHEN Publishing, Annie Leibovitz Studio, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas and has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast and other publications.

In 2005, Schiller traveled to China and over two years built a collection of Chinese contemporary art, which numbers over 80 paintings and photographs. In 2007, he showed his own photographs for the first time in the USA at the exhibition Marilyn Monroe and America in the 1960s.[2] It is for these photographs of Marilyn that Schiller is perhaps best known as a photographer. Schiller first shot Marilyn in May 1960 on the set of Let’s Make Love, and then again in 1962 when he was hired to shoot the starlet on the set of what would become the last film she would ever work on, the unfinished Something’s Got To Give.[3] Marilyn & Me,[4] Schiller's eleventh book, commemorates his experience photographing the Hollywood legend, complete with 131 color and black and white photographs.



  • Master Spy, (Producer/Director)
  • American Tragedy, (Producer/Director)
  • Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, (Producer/Director)
  • Double Jeopardy, (Producer/Director)
  • The Plot to Kill Hitler, (Director)
  • Margaret Bourke-White, (Producer/Director)
  • Peter the Great, 3 Emmy Awards, (Executive Producer/Director)
  • The Executioner's Song, 2 Emmy Awards, (Producer/Director)
  • Murder: By Reason of Insanity, (Producer)
  • Her Life As a Man, (Producer)
  • The Patricia Neal Story, 1 Emmy Award, (Producer)
  • Child Bride of Short Creek, (Co-Producer)
  • Marilyn: The Untold Story, 1 Emmy Award, (Producer/Co-Director)
  • I Love My Friends, -Kris Kardashian Music Video (Director)
  • The Winds of Kitty Hawk, (Producer)
  • Hey, I'm Alive, (Producer/Director)
  • The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, (Producer)
  • The Man Who Skied Down Everest, (USA Director)
  • The Lexington Experience, (Producer/Director)
  • The American Dreamer, (Co-Director)
  • Soon There Will Be No More Me, (Producer/Director)
  • Lady Sings The Blues, (Titles/still montage Director)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, (Still montage Director)


Books - as author or in collaboration with:

  • Marilyn & Me, A Photographer's Memories by Lawrence Schiller
  • Into the Mirror by Lawrence Schiller
  • Cape May Court House by Lawrence Schiller
  • Perfect Murder, Perfect Town by Lawrence Schiller
  • American Tragedy by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth
  • I Want to Tell You by O.J. Simpson with Lawrence Schiller
  • Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery by Norman Mailer
  • The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
  • The Fath of Graffiti by Norman Mailer and Jon Naar
  • Marilyn: A Biography by Norman Mailer and the world's foremost photographers
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce by Albert Goldman and Lawrence Schiller
  • The Killing of Sharon Tate by Susan Atkins and Lawrence Schiller
  • LSD by Richard Alpert, Sidney Cohen and Lawrence Schiller


  • Trace Evidence, The files of Dr. Henry Lee (Court TV, 2004, 2005) Executive Producer/Director
  • Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (CBS, 2002) Producer/Director
  • American Tragedy (CBS, 2001) Producer/Director
  • Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (CBS, 2000) Producer/Director
  • Double Jeopardy (CBS, 1993) Producer/Director
  • The Plot to Kill Hitler (Warner Bros./CBS, 1991) Director
  • Margaret Bourke-White (TNT, 1989) Producer/Director
  • The Executioner's Song (NBC, 1983) Producer/Director
    • Recipient of 2 Emmy Awards, Time Magazine, Best of the Year, Hollywood Reporter, Best of the Decade
  • Peter the Great (NBC, 1986) Executive Producer/Co-Director
    • Recipient of 3 Emmy Awards, Writers Guild of America Award
  • Murder: By Reason of Insanity (CBS, 1985) Producer
  • Her Life as a Man (NBC, 1986) Producer
  • The Patricia Neal Story (CBS, 1982) Producer
    • Recipient of 1 Emmy Award
  • Child Bride of Short Creek (NBC, 1982) Co-Producer
  • Marilyn, The Untold Story (ABC, 1980) Producer/Co-Director
    • Recipient of 1 Emmy Award
  • The Winds of Kitty Hawk (NBC, 1978) Producer
  • The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (ABC, 1976) Producer
  • Hey, I'm Alive (ABC, 1975) Producer/Director

Selected awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award Winner for Peter the Great
  • The Christopher Award for The Patricia Neal Story
  • Representative of the USA in the USA/USSR bilateral talks in Moscow and Washington, drafted and signed treaties with the Government of the USSR
  • Representative from the United States to the Moscow International Peace Forum
  • Numerous National Press Photographers Association Photographic Awards


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