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Finding Aid for the Sterling Silliphant Papers, 1957-1985
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Collection consists of film and television scripts by Silliphant. Also includes correspondence, clippings, and production notes.
Silliphant was born on Jan. 16, 1918 in Detroit, MI; graduated magna cum laude from Univ. of So. Calif., 1938; worked in advertising and promotion for Walt Disney and 20th Century Fox until 1952; produced a few films in the 1950s before becoming a screenwriter for both feature films and television; his successful television series include Naked city and Route 66; films include The Joe Louis story (1953), In the heat of the night (1967), Charly (1968), Marlowe (1969), The Poseidon adventure (1972), The towering inferno (1974); won an Academy Award for In the heat of the night in 1967; was a prolific novelist who published more than 50 books; moved to Thailand in late 1980s, where he was active in developing the region's film industry; died in Bangkok on Apr. 26, 1996.
120 boxes (61 linear ft.)1 oversize box.
Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.