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Academy Award-Winner William Goldman to Receive Honorary Degree and Speak with Students Tomorrow

By Betty Gabrielli


William Goldman '52

DECEMBER 3, 1998--William Goldman, two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and 1952 Oberlin graduate, will return to campus Friday, December 4, to receive an Honorary Doctor of Literature degree.

Goldman, who won his first Academy Award in 1970 for his original screenplay Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, was to have received the degree at the annual Honors Day Assembly this past May, but his flight plans had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. College Trustees will bestow the degree at a private noon ceremony.

While in Oberlin, Goldman will meet with students interested in screenwriting from 10 to 11:30 A.M. in Wilder 115. In the afternoon, students, faculty, and staff may query Goldman in a Q&A session hosted by Roger Copland, professor of theater. The session will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. in Wilder 101.

Goldman received his second Oscar in 1977 for his screenplay adaptation of Carl Bernstein and Robert Woodward's All the President's Men. Goldman's other screenwriting credits include Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, Misery, Magic, A Bridge Too Far, and Maverick.

Other honors include a British Academy Award, two Edgar awards for mystery movie of the year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

A prolific fiction writer, Goldman is the author of more than 15 novels, children's books, and short stories. His novels Boys and Girls Together and The Color of Light are set partially in Oberlin. The Season is his account of a year in the world of Broadway theater. He has also written books about screenwriting and Hollywood. He is working on a new screenwriting book called "The Current Campfire."





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