William Rose (screenwriter)

Wedding of William Rose (in his Black Watch 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

Although born in St. Louis, Missouri, after the 1939 outbreak of World War II, Rose traveled 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 Genevieve (1953). He became a working associate of the American-born director, Alexander Mackendrick, notably for their collaboration on The Maggie (US:High and Dry, 1954) and The Ladykillers (1955). He also provided scripts for Hollywood studios, earning several Academy Award nominations for his scriptwriting and winning the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Rose also won the Writers Guild of America award for Best Written American Comedy for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966). In 1973, Rose's lifetime achievements were recognized by the Writer's Guild with their 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.[2][3]

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