Richard Brooks
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Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and occasional film producer. His outstanding works as director are Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960) – for which he won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977).
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Facebook threats land man in jail, police say - Press-Enterprise
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Threats of a violent attack at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa have landed a 30-year-old Grand Terrace man in jail, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said. Stanley Raymond Roring was arrested at 3 pm Tuesday at La Paix and
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Man dies in police custody - Press-Enterprise
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A 47-year-old San Diego man who died in the custody of Cathedral City police began experiencing labored breathing soon after he struggled with officers while they were trying to handcuff him, officials say. William Scott Routh died at
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Ex-cop hit with lawsuit - Cookeville Herald Citizen
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The suit was filed by attorney Richard Brooks on Monday in Overton County Circuit Court for Melody Cummings of Livingston. Former Livingston Police Officer Brandon Walker, Police Chief Greg Etheredge, and the City of Livingston are named as defendants
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Albany Inds. co-founder Larry Brooks dies at 69 - Furniture Today
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Larry Richard Brooks, a co-founder of upholstery producer Albany Inds., has died at age 69. Brooks, who helped start Albany Inds. in 1995, was an account manager for the company in Louisiana at the time of his death. He also helped found Silver Oaks
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USCB launches women's soccer program - Savannah Morning News
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Richard Brooks/Bluffton TodayUSCB Chancellor Jane Upshaw walks off the field after delivering the game ball to referees before the inaugural women's soccer game Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. By Richard Brooks Students and fans carried signs and banners;
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Dog injured by jump from third-floor window finds a new home - Victoria Times Colonist
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Richard Brooks shares a moment with what he hopes will be his new dog Buddy. Buddy recently underwent surgery following a fall from a third-story window. Richard Brooks has been without a dog for
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Judge sets Oates bond at $200000 - Bluffton Today
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By Richard Brooks However, Oates will remain in the Beaufort County Detention Center until a mental health evaluation scheduled for Aug. 12. He is charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting death of Carlos Alberto
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Reward offered for dog shot with arrow - Press-Enterprise
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A $500 reward is being offered for information resulting in the arrest of whomever used a crossbow to fatally wound a six-month-old German shepherd dog Wednesday in Riverside, Riverside county Animal Services
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Sexual assault at party leads to arrest - Press-Enterprise
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A 23-year-old Palm Desert man was arrested this week in connection with the sexual assault of a party-goer in Thermal, say Riverside County sheriff's officials. John Charles Velarde was arrested at 2:30 pm Tuesday for investigation of
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Witness tails suspect, aids in arrest - Press-Enterprise
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Deputies recovered stolen cash and a victim's purse yesterday after a witness to the robbery outside a Victorville convenience market followed the culprit and called 911, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials say
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Freeway worker injured, driver jailed - Press-Enterprise
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Due to incorrect information provided by the CHP, the condition of the roadway worker struck Wednesday night was inaccurately reported. Barry Steele is in critical condition at a local hospital
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BROOKS v. STATE - Leagle.com
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Appellant-defendant Richard Brooks brings this interlocutory appeal challenging the trial court's denial of his motion to suppress. Specifically, Brooks maintains that the evidence seized during a search of the vehicle in which he was riding violated
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Brooks
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 79
    He suffered from heart ailments and a stroke before dying at his home in 1992 at the age of 79.
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  • 1977
    Age 64
    In 1977, he released another controversial film, an adaptation of Judith Rossner's 1975 novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
    More Details Hide Details It starred Diane Keaton as a Catholic school teacher who searches for sexual satisfaction in singles bars. Brooks made the film on a tight budget, and its frank treatment of sex and its horrific storyline brought praise and condemnation and sold tickets. He ended his career with Wrong Is Right (1982), a satire about the news media and world unrest starring Sean Connery, and a gambling addiction film, Fever Pitch (1985). Both were critical and commercial failures. Brooks tried developing other projects in the last years of his life.
  • FORTIES
  • 1960
    Age 47
    For Brooks, Elmer Gantry was significant for personal as well as professional reasons. In 1960 he married his leading actress, Jean Simmons, after her divorce from Stewart Granger. Brooks helped to raise Simmons' daughter Tracy by Granger. The couple had another daughter, Kate, together in 1961. They separated in 1977 and were legally divorced in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, Brooks was married for eleven years to Harriette Levin, a relationship which also ended in divorce. No matter what the medium – newspapers, radio, novels, film – Brooks considered himself a storyteller. He believed his work should be and was truthful at its core. He also sought to use film as well as other media to say something he believed was important. While his films were easily categorized by genre and were most often based on another writer's story, his screenplays often became vehicles for a message he wanted to offer to audiences. Brooks hated bigotry, which was a central theme of his novel The Brick Foxhole, his co-written screenplay for Storm Warning (1951), and his first western, The Last Hunt (1956). Racial division and reconciliation was also at the heart of Something of Value (1957). He saw Blackboard Jungle as encouraging teachers to continue striving to help their students and as reassuring them that they can make a difference. Opposed to the death penalty, he used In Cold Blood to suggest that executing criminals solves nothing and only creates more violence. While he worked in the studio system for most of the 1940s and 1950s, Brooks often clashed with studio policies about the look and feel of films and the stories they presented. He also chafed against the Production Code's limitations on subject matter and expression. His goal as a filmmaker was total control of a production, and he achieved that with most films after the success of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • 1955
    Age 42
    In 1955, Brooks was one of four American auteur filmmakers named as rebels by the French magazine Cahiers du Cinéma.
    More Details Hide Details Box-office success was what gave the writer/director more freedom at MGM, but Brooks also recognized that he would never have complete control of his films while under contract. He avoided writing original screenplays and focused on adaptations of best-sellers or classic novels. He later noted that adapting a novel gave him a head start on developing the story structure required for a screenplay. He spent the rest of the decade at MGM, when his most notable film was an adaptation of Tennessee Williams's sexually charged play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). A huge hit for MGM – it drew more money and a larger audience than any other film Brooks ever directed – the film revived the career of Elizabeth Taylor and made a star of Paul Newman. It brought Brooks his first Oscar nomination for directing and the first Best Picture nomination for a film he had directed.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 34
    After Hellinger died suddenly in 1947, Brooks wrote screenplays for three Warner Brothers films, including Key Largo (1948), starring Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall and directed and co-written by John Huston, another Brooks mentor.
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  • 1946
    Age 33
    In 1946 he married again, to Harriette Levin, who had no apparent connection to the film industry. Their marriage lasted until 1957, when she sought a default divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Success as a screenwriter with Hellinger and Warner Brothers led Brooks to a contract with MGM and the promise of a chance to direct a film. He wrote two screenplays for the studio before he was given the opportunity to direct. His first film as writer and director, Crisis (1950), starred Cary Grant as a brain surgeon forced to save the life of a South American dictator, played by José Ferrer. His second film, The Light Touch (1951), starring Stewart Granger, was a caper film about art thieves and was shot in Italy. Brooks came into his own when he directed an original screenplay, Deadline – U.S.A. (1952), a 20th Century-Fox film that starred his friend Humphrey Bogart. Based on the closing of the New York World, the film was part gangster picture, part newspaper drama. At its core was an issue Brooks cared about: the consolidation of the newspaper industry and its effect on the diversity of voices in the press. The film remains one of the more highly regarded dramas about American newspapers. Brooks directed four more films before achieving an unqualified hit with Blackboard Jungle (1955) starring Glenn Ford. Based on a best-seller by Evan Hunter, the film was shocking for its time in its presentation of juvenile delinquency. It also offered a career-making supporting role for a young black actor, Sidney Poitier, and early roles for actors Vic Morrow, Jamie Farr and Paul Mazursky.
  • 1945
    Age 32
    His book was published in 1945 to favorable reviews.
    More Details Hide Details It was adapted as the film Crossfire (1947), the first major Hollywood film to deal with anti-Semitism, receiving an Oscar nomination. The novel drew the attention of independent producer Mark Hellinger, who hired Brooks as a screenwriter after he left the Marines. Working for Hellinger brought Brooks back to the film industry and led to a long friendship with actor Humphrey Bogart, a close friend of the producer. Brooks provided an uncredited screen story for The Killers (1946), which introduced actor Burt Lancaster. He wrote the scripts for two other Hellinger films, notably Brute Force (1947), also starring Lancaster.
  • 1944
    Age 31
    In 1944 he divorced his wife, then known in films as Jean Brooks.
    More Details Hide Details Later he said he had been a self-centered husband and unsuitable for what she needed.
  • 1943
    Age 30
    With no prospect of moving into more prestigious productions, he quit Universal and joined the Marine Corps in 1943 during World War II.
    More Details Hide Details Brooks never served overseas during the war, instead working in the Marine Corps film unit at Quantico, Virginia, and at times at Camp Pendleton, California. In his two years in uniform he learned more about the basics of filmmaking, including writing and editing documentaries. He also found time to write a novel, The Brick Foxhole, a searing portrait of stateside soldiers tainted by religious, racial and homophobic bigotry.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 28
    He didn't find film work but was hired by the NBC affiliate to write original stories and read them for a daily fifteen-minute broadcast called Sidestreet Vignettes. His second marriage, in 1941, to Jeanne Kelly, an actress at Universal Studios, may have helped to open the door to writing for the studio.
    More Details Hide Details He contributed dialogue to a few films and wrote two screenplays for the popular actress Maria Montez, known as the "Queen of Technicolor."
  • 1938
    Age 25
    Brooks also began writing plays in 1938 and tried directing for Long Island's Mill Pond Theater in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details A falling out with his theater colleagues that summer led him to drive to Los Angeles on a whim, hoping to find work in the film industry. He also may have been trying to escape a marriage; a legal document indicates he was married at least part of the time he lived in New York.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1929
    Age 16
    He attended public schools Joseph Leidy Elementary, Mayer Sulzberger Junior High School and West Philadelphia High School, graduating from the latter in 1929.
    More Details Hide Details Sax took classes at Temple University for two years, studying journalism and playing on the school's baseball team. He dropped out and left home when he discovered that his parents were going into debt to pay for his tuition. He rode freight trains around the East and Midwest for a period of time but eventually returned to Philadelphia to seek work as a newspaper reporter. At some point in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, Sax began using the name Richard Brooks professionally. He changed his name legally in 1943. Brooks wrote sports for the Philadelphia Record and later joined the staff of the Atlantic City Press-Union. He moved to New York to work for the World-Telegram; shortly afterward he took a job with radio station WNEW for a larger paycheck. As a newsman for the station, he reported and read stories on the air and provided commentary.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born in 1912.
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