Tsuguharu Foujita's painting of a 17-year-old Lasky, dating from a trip to Paris with his mother in the 1920s, appears on page 180 of Lasky's autobiography, Whatever Happened To Hollywood?, which was published by Funk and Wagnalls in 1975. Lasky died on April 11, 1988.
In 1962, Lasky and his wife, Pat Silver, moved to London.
More DetailsHide DetailsThey also lived for part of the year in southern Spain, and travelled extensively. Lasky was a member of the London gentlemen's Garrick Club and the Company of Military Historians.
He received the Boxoffice Magazine Award twice: in 1949 for Samson and Delilah, and 1956 for The Ten Commandments.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe was also the recipient of a Christopher Award. Lasky's writing career took him from Hollywood to London, Rome, Austria, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and France.
During World War II, Lasky served as a Captain commanding Combat Photographic Units of the United States Army Signal Corps in four campaigns in the Southwest Pacific, and was decorated by General Douglas MacArthur. He organised the Army School of Film Training at the Signal Corps Photographic Center, where writers were trained to script training films for every branch of the military service.
Returning home from three-and-a-half years of duty overseas, Lasky resumed his writing career with new books, plays, and films. He lectured on creative writing and the history of Hollywood at many institutions in the United States and England, including the Oxford Union. He also served as Vice President of the Screen Branch of the Writers Guild of America.
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