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Paddy Chayefsky
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    (January 29, 1923-August 1, 1981)
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Birth name was Sidney Aaron Chayefski
    Won Oscars for the screenplays for ‘Marty’ (1955), ‘The Hospital’ (1971) and ‘Network’ (1976)
    Wrote the stage plays ‘No T.O. for Love’ (1945), ‘Middle of the Night’ (1956), ‘The Tenth Man’ (1959) and ‘Gideon’ (1961)
    He competed with Arthur Miller for the attentions of Marilyn Monroe and lost out.
    His last Broadway play, ‘The Passion of Josef D,’ ran for only 15 performances.
    His last screenplay, ‘Altered States’ (1980), was written under a pseudonym after he quarreled with director Ken Russell.
    As a presenter at the 50th Oscars (1977), he became so incensed about Vanessa Redgrave's pro-Palestinian comments that he lectured her, then started opening the envelope, stopping only when shouts from the audience alerted him that he had forgotten to read the names of the nominees.
    He received a Purple Heart during World War II.
    He is one of four people to have received three writing Oscars and the only one to have done it without any collaborators.
    When his screenplay for 'Network' was called 'outrageous,' he replied, 'I still write realistic stuff. It's the world that's turned into a satire.'
    When Peter Finch received a posthumous Academy Award nomination, Oscar show producer William Friedkin decided he did not want a hysterical widow at the podium and assigned Chayefsky to accept if Finch won. After Finch did win, Chayefsky declared, 'There's only one person who should be up here,' and invited Finch's wife Eletha to the stage.

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