Arthur Laurents Book
The writer Arthur Laurents was born in New York in 1918. After studying at Cornell University and spending a short time in the army, he began writing scripts for the radio. In 1945 he wrote his first play Home of the Brave, a drama set during World War II. It was followed by other works including Time of the Cuckoo, Invitation to a March, The Enclave and Jolson Sings Again. Arthur Laurents wrote the books for the musicals West Side Story, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle and Do I Hear a Waltz?, which was based on his play Time of the Cuckoo. He also directed several Broadway productions including the musicals I Can Get It for You Wholesale and La Cage aux Folles. Arthur Laurents wrote two novels, The Way We Were and The Turning Point. Both were turned into successful films for which he wrote the screenplays: The Way We Were (directed by Sydney Pollack) and The Turning Point (directed by Herbert Ross). He also wrote the screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rope, for Anatole Litvak’s films The Snake Pit and Anastasia and for Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse. Arthur Laurents received numerous awards including the Tony Award for “Best Musical” for Hallelujah, Baby! and “Best Direction of a Musical” for La Cage aux Folles. He was nominated for Tony Awards for West Side Story and Gypsy. The Turning Point earned him a Golden Globe Award, the Screen Writers Guild Award and the Writers Guild of America Award.
In 2000 he published his memoirs in Original Story by – A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood.