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William Ludwig (screenwriter)

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William Ludwig
Born(1912-05-16)May 16, 1912
DiedFebruary 7, 1999(1999-02-07) (aged 86)
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Occupation(s)Writer, screenwriter
Years active1938–1961
SpousesSusan Riesenfeld (?–1999)
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay (1955)

William Ludwig (May 16, 1912 – February 7, 1999) was an American screenwriter.

Ludwig graduated from Columbia University in 1932.[1] He was a member of the Philolexian Society at Columbia.[1] In 1937 he joined MGM and his first screenplay was Love Finds Andy Hardy. He won, with Sonya Levien, an Oscar for "Best Writing, Story and Screenplay" in 1955 for Interrupted Melody.[2] He remained a contract writer at MGM for 20 years, an industry record.[3]

Other notable works include the screenplay for the 1955 production of Oklahoma!.

He died of complications from Parkinson disease.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Columbia College Today". Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "The 28th Academy Awards (1956) Nominees and Winners". (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "20-Year Author Run Ends". Variety. February 13, 1957. p. 4. Retrieved June 10, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. October 24, 2008. ISBN 9780786452040.

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