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William Goldman Bio, Wiki, Age, Death and Cause, Wife (Ilene Jones), Children, Net Worth, Screenwriter / Novelist

15th November 2018 : William Goldman dies aged 87 in his sleep

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William Goldman Bio

William Goldman was born on 12th August 1931 and died on 15th November 2018 aged 87. He was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Goldman came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He was the recipient of two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President’s Men (1976), about journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon for the Washington Post. Both films starred Robert Redford.

His other notable works include his thriller novel Marathon Man and the comedy-fantasy novel The Princess Bride, both of which Goldman adapted for film.

Author Sean Egan has described Goldman as “one of the late twentieth century’s most popular storytellers.”

William Goldman Birthday He was born on 12th August 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, United State
William Goldman Died He died on 15th November 2018 (aged 87) in New York City, NY
William Goldman Cause of Death Deadline reported he had died in his sleep at his home in New York, and his daughter Jenny confirmed his death was the result of colon cancer and pneumonia.
William Goldman Pen name S. Morgenstern, Harry Longbaugh
William Goldman Occupation Non-fiction author, novelist, playwright, screenwriter
William Goldman Education
  • Oberlin College (BA 1952)
  • Columbia University (MA 1956)
William Goldman Genre Drama, fiction, literature, thriller
William Goldman Wife Ilene Jones (1961–1991; divorced; 2 children, Jenny Rebecca and Susanna)
William Goldman Children 2 Children Susanna Goldman (Daughter) and Jenny Rebecca Goldman (Daughter)
William Goldman Relatives James Goldman (brother)
William Goldman Net Worth His worth as at the time of his death was not in the Public domain

William Goldman Early life

Goldman was born in Chicago and grew up in a Jewish family in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois. His parents were Marion (née Weil) and Maurice Clarence Goldman, who worked in business.

Goldman’s father initially was a successful businessman, working in Chicago and then in partnership, but his alcoholism eventually sank his business. He “came home to live and he was in his pyjamas for the last five years of his life,” according to Goldman. Maurice Goldman killed himself while his son was still in high school. Marion Goldman’s deafness increased the stress in the home.

William Goldman Education

Goldman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1952, then went into the army. He knew how to type, so was sent to the Pentagon, where he worked as a clerk until discharged with the rank of corporal in September 1954. He then enrolled at Columbia University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 1956. Throughout all this, Goldman wrote short stories in the evenings but struggled to have them published.

William Goldman Awards

Goldman won two Academy Awards: one for Best Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men. He also won two Edgar Awards, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay: for Harper in 1967, and Magic (adapted from his 1976 novel) in 1979. In 1985, he received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America.

William Goldman Personal life

Goldman was married to Ilene Jones from 1961 until their divorce in 1991; the couple have two daughters, Jenny Rebecca and Susanna. Ilene, a native of Texas, modeled for Neiman Marcus; Ilene’s brother was actor Allen Case.

In an Internet chat hosted by CNN, Goldman said that his favourite writers are Miguel de Cervantes, Anton Chekhov, Somerset Maugham, Irwin Shaw, and Leo Tolstoy.

He was well known in sports circles as a die-hard fan of the New York Knicks, having held season tickets at Madison Square Garden for over 40 years. He contributed a writing section to Bill Simmons’s bestselling book about the history of the NBA, where he discusses the career of Dave DeBusschere.

William Goldman Cause of Death

Goldman died on Thursday, 15th November 2018 aged 87. Deadline reported he had died in his sleep at his home in New York, and his daughter Jenny confirmed his death was the result of colon cancer and pneumonia.



Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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