Wedding of William Rose (in his
uniform) and Tania Price in 1943
William Rose (August 31, 1918 – February 10, 1987) was an American screenwriter of British and Hollywood films. [1 ]
Life and career [ edit ]
Although born in
St Louis, Missouri, after the 1939 outbreak of World War II, Rose travelled to Canada and volunteered to fight overseas with the Black Watch. After being stationed at bases in Scotland and Europe, at war's end he returned to live in Britain to work as a screenwriter, marrying an English woman, Tania Price, with whom he would later collaborate.
Blessed with the ability to adapt to two distinct cultures, William Rose wrote a number of successful British comedies including
(1953). He became a working associate of the American-born director, Genevieve Alexander Mackendrick, notably for their collaboration on (US: The Maggie High and Dry, 1954) and (1955). He also provided scripts for Hollywood studios, earning several The Ladykillers Academy Award nominations for his scriptwriting and winning the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for (1967). Rose also won the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Writers Guild of America award for Best Written American Comedy for (1966). In 1973, Rose's lifetime achievements were recognized by the Writer's Guild with their The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. In the 1970s, he had a brief relationship with Katharine Hepburn.
William Rose died in 1987 in
Jersey, Channel Islands. He is buried in the Churchyard at St.Clement Parish Church, Jersey. William and Tania divorced; she died in 2015 aged 95. 
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