Tom Mankiewicz
American writer, producer and director
Tom Mankiewicz
Thomas Frank "Tom" Mankiewicz was a screenwriter/director/producer of motion pictures and television, perhaps best known for his work on the James Bond films and his contributions to Superman: The Movie and the television series, Hart to Hart.
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Pregnant Sarah Michelle Gellar, Daughter Charlotte Pet a Beluga Whale!
US Magazine - over 4 years
Sarah Michelle Gellar and her daughter, Charlotte, had a whale of a time at Sea World in San Diego, Calif. July 13. The pregnant actress, 35, and her little girl, 2, happily posed for photos as they petted Nanuq the beluga whale. The mother-daughter duo also met sea lion pups, sharks, a rescued pelican and a bottlenose dolphin named Ripley during their visit to the marine life park. On June 16, the Los Angeles Zoo presented longtime animal lover Gellar with the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award at its 42nd Annual Beastly Ball. "I used to come here all the time even before I had children, but now being able to see the animals through my daughter's eyes is incredible," said the actress, married to Freddie Prinze, Jr., 36, since 2002. PHOTOS: Sarah Michelle Gellar's chic pregnancy style "It's important to help the community any way you can," she added. "The zoo really does a lot to rehabilitate the animals and provide them a safe environment." VIDEO: Sarah Michelle Gellar ...
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PIC: Pregnant Sarah Michelle Gellar Cozies Up to Boa Constrictor!
US Magazine - almost 5 years
Buffy and the Beast! Sarah Michelle Gellar -- who is currently expecting her and hubby Freddie Prinze Jr.'s second child -- had no qualms about posing for photos with a boa constrictor during the 42nd annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo Saturday. Gellar, 35 (along with Betty White) was being honored with the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award for her commitment to environmental causes. VIDEO: Sarah Michelle Gellar steals her twin's identity in Ringer The mom to Charlotte, 2, rocked a black and gray drop-waist frock to receive her award that, despite its loose fit, didn't do much to conceal her burgeoning baby bump. Us Weekly first broke the news of Gellar's pregnancy in April. "She and Freddie are thrilled," a friend of the pair told Us. "They're amazing parents." PHOTOS: Celebrity pregnancies The pal says, despite Gellar and Prinze's show biz upbringings, the couple's primary focus is their tight-knit family unit. "They still have date nights all the ...
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Movie Magic Case Study #6: Tim Burton Vs. Robert Rodriguez - Comic Book Movie
Google News - over 5 years
Once on board, Burton had then-girlfriend Julie Hickson write a new 30-page film treatment, feeling the previous script by Tom Mankiewicz was campy. Warner Bros. was not impressed and hired comic book writer, Steve Englehart to write a new treatment in
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Today in the SCV: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - Signal
Google News - over 5 years
Tom Mankiewicz, 68, a screenwriter of James Bond films such as “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Live and Let Die,” and the first two “Superman” movies, died in Los Angeles. AP Odd News KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A California taxidermist has earned a rare
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The Valley Line: Having a beastly good time at the zoo - Valley Sun
Google News - over 5 years
He received the inaugural Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award. Zoo director John Lewis said of Slash, whose birth name is Saul Hudson, “He is a great example of our mission of nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience because he is a champion
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Slash, Snakes & Betty White - EntertainmentToday.net
Google News - over 5 years
Rock icon Slash, one of the world's finest guitarists (Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver) received the inaugural Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award at the Beastly Ball, held at the LA Zoo. Slash, who is a member of the Board of Trustees
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Richard Donner and the Superman Legacy: A Little Bit of History Repeating? - CINEMASPY.COM
Google News - almost 6 years
The script was rewritten to reflect a serious, epic tone, with Godfather writer Mario Puzo contributing, and Diamonds are Forever scribe Tom Mankiewicz doing a turnkey polish. Donner promptly embraced the term verisimilitude — which means the
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Social calendar, June 14 - Pasadena Star-News
Google News - almost 6 years
The 41st annual Beastly Ball to benefit the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association will honor rock guitarist Slash with the inaugural Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award. 6 pm The LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. $1000. 323-644-4753
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Look – up on the screen – it's the 'Superman Anthology'! - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - almost 6 years
There are two commentaries with Salkind and Spengler, who provide inside stories for the theatrical cut, and Donner and creative consultant/unaccredited screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz on the expanded disc. Both discs feature a handful of original
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Slash Receives GLAZA Award at Los Angeles Zoo's 41st Annual Beastly Ball - Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
Google News - almost 6 years
Los Angeles, CA - Rock icon SLASH, celebrated as one of the world's finest guitarists for his solo work as well as with Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, receives the inaugural TOM MANKIEWICZ LEADERSHIP AWARD from
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Richard Donner on Superhero Flicks and a Message to Shane Black - UGO
Google News - almost 6 years
Richard Donner: Tom Mankiewicz was the reason I made the film because if he hadn't said yes I probably wouldn't have done it. But our mission was to not allow Superman to be. . .have this one opportunity and have him destroyed, so we stepped up
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Amid Summer Heat, Volunteers Expand Community Garden - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Gardeners from the garden's inaugural season, including former Borough Mayor Dick Plambeck, and new gardeners like Tom Mankiewicz and LeAnn Tavtigian, were there to water plants and to help with the fence and the plumbing
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Richard Donner: No one will ever play Superman the way Christopher Reeve did - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 6 years
It was Tom Mankiewicz. I had known him since he graduated Yale as an “intellectual writer” who found himself writing James Bond [with his scripts for the 1970s films "Diamonds Are Forever," "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun"] but
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'Desperate Housewives' season finale recap: Don't call my name, don't call my ... - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - almost 6 years
“Oh, God, it's me and Tom Mankiewicz all over again,” Lee realized. (Could he be referring to the Tom Mankiewicz who wrote Diamonds Are Forever, easily the most homophobic James Bond movie ever? If he'd only seen its portrayal of Mr. Wynt and Mr. Kidd,
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The James Bond Chronicles: 'Live and Let Die' - Big Hollywood
Google News - almost 6 years
The script by Tom Mankiewicz and Mr. Moore's portrayal present a Bond that is almost 180-degrees from Sean Connery's work, although allegedly closer to Ian Fleming's characterizations. I found it rather frustrating to endure Bond's laziness towards his
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Batman: inspired by Strange Apparitions - Comic Book Movie
Google News - almost 6 years
Tom Mankiewicz completed a script titled The Batman in June 1983, focusing on Batman and Dick Grayson's origins, with the Joker and Rupert Thorne as villains, and Silver St. Cloud as the romantic interest. Mankiewicz took inspiration from the limited
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Mankiewicz
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 67
    He died at his home in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer on July 31, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2012, My Life as a Mankiewicz was published. Written in collaboration with Robert Crane, the book was largely completed at the time of his death, but finished by Crane and published by the University Press of Kentucky. In his book, Mankiewicz claimed he lost his virginity to Joan O'Brien while making The Comancheros. He also had affairs with actresses Dorothy Provine, Suzy Kendall, Carol Lynley, Tuesday Weld, Diane Cilento, Elizabeth Ashley, Jean Simmons, Kate Jackson, Stefanie Powers and Margot Kidder. He was also a very close friend to Natalie Wood and Jerry Moss.
  • 2006
    Age 63
    In 2006, The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University invited Mankiewicz to be their "Film Maker in Residence."
    More Details Hide Details He stayed on as a Trustee Professor, teaching a course in film making to their graduate students. Mankiewicz had a home in Kenya for eight years. He served on the Board of Directors of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, based there. For the past decade he had been closely involved with the Los Angeles Zoo, and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. He was an owner of thoroughbred race horses, having first partnered with actor Robert Wagner, then with A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss, and later racing under his own silks. He was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Mankiewicz remained active in the Writer’s and Director’s Guilds and was a former member of the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 44
    He left Warner Bros., moving to Universal Studios where he co-wrote (with Dan Aykroyd and Alan Zweibel) and directed the film Dragnet, starring Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. It was one of the top grossers of 1987, and marked his feature debut as director.
    More Details Hide Details Mankiewicz next did an uncredited rewrite on Legal Eagles, a romantic comedy with Robert Redford and Debra Winger. He then directed the film Delirious, starring John Candy and Mariel Hemingway. Next he directed the season’s opening episode of HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. This was followed by his directing the Showtime film, Taking the Heat, with Alan Arkin, Peter Boyle, George Segal and Tony Goldwyn. Mankiewicz's career slowed down in the 1990s. He later claimed he had been unofficially blacklisted when he left his agency, CAA. Later, Mankiewicz helped Richard Donner reconstruct Donner’s version of Superman II, restoring all of the original footage he had shot which had been altered or replaced by the producers, including multiple sequences with Marlon Brando which were seen by the public for the first time. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut came out in 2006 and won the Saturn Award as the best DVD of the year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 32
    In 1975, Mankiewicz wrote the screenplay for Mother, Jugs and Speed, a dark comedy about ambulance drivers starring Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch and Harvey Keitel.
    More Details Hide Details He co-produced the film with director Peter Yates who later asked Mankiewicz to come to the British Virgin Islands to do a major rewrite on Yates’ next film, The Deep, with Robert Shaw and Jacqueline Bisset. The film was a huge box office success and cemented Mankiewicz’s reputation as a “script doctor.” He next performed a similar function on The Cassandra Crossing, starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, receiving shared screenplay credit. This followed by his screenplay for The Eagle Has Landed, a World War II thriller with Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. During this time actor Peter Falk asked Universal Studios to hire Mankiewicz to read the scripts for his hit television series, Columbo, and make plot suggestions. He was paid a consulting fee on each episode for an entire season while performing no actual writing services.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 24
    In 1967, Mankiewicz joined forces with a friend, Jack Haley Jr. to come up with a musical television special tailored for the then hugely popular Nancy Sinatra: Movin' with Nancy, co-starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Lee Hazlewood.
    More Details Hide Details Mankiewicz was the sole writer and Haley won the Emmy for directing. This was followed by The Beat of the Brass, starring Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in 1968. Simultaneously, 20th Century Fox had optioned his original screenplay and after reading it, producer Joe Pasternak hired him to write The Sweet Ride about the California surfing community, starring Anthony Franciosa, Bob Denver, and introducing Jacqueline Bisset. The combination of that screenplay and the TV specials led Broadway producer Fred Coe to ask Mankiewicz to write the book for Georgy!, the musical version of the film Georgy Girl. It opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1970, was nominated for three Tony Awards, but closed after four performances. Attending one of the four performances of Georgy was United Artists production head David Picker who admired Mankiewicz’s book for the musical. Picker and James Bond producer Albert Broccoli were looking for a writer to do a major reworking of Diamonds Are Forever in hopes of luring Sean Connery back to play Bond. Picker suggested that Broccoli add Mankiewicz to his list of possibles. He was hired on a two-week guarantee, stayed on the film for six months and received shared screenplay credit with the original writer, Richard Maibaum.
  • 1963
    Age 20
    In 1963, two young producers, Stuart Millar and Lawrence Turman, took Mankiewicz on as their assistant while making The Best Man, the 1964 film version of Gore Vidal’s Broadway play starring Henry Fonda.
    More Details Hide Details He was involved in virtually every aspect of the film, receiving his first on-screen credit as “Production Associate.” Mankiewicz began to write, finishing an original screenplay, Please, about the last ninety minutes in the life of a suicidal young actress. It was optioned at times by three different studios, never made, but served as an example of his talent and was responsible for his first writing assignment, Bob Hope Chrysler Theater, directed by Stuart Rosenberg. He received a credit as “Thomas F. Mankiewicz,” but thought it looked so pretentious on the screen he became “Tom” Mankiewicz for the rest of his career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 18
    During vacations he worked at the Williamstown Summer Theater in Massachusetts both in production and as an actor. In 1961, he was hired as a third assistant director on The Comancheros, a film starring John Wayne and Lee Marvin, which was shot in the Monument Valley of Utah, the last film directed by Michael Curtiz.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 7
    In 1950, his father, after winning four Oscars in two years for the screenplays and direction of A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve, decided to move his family back to New York City where he had been raised, the son of a German immigrant language professor.
    More Details Hide Details Mankiewicz was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (1955–59) and Yale College (1959–63). He majored in drama at Yale, completing the first two years of the Yale Drama School while still an undergraduate.
  • 1942
    Born
    Mankiewicz was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were Austrian-born actress Rose Stradner and the celebrated screenwriter/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
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