Dalton Trumbo

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  • Birth Name: James Dalton Trumbo
  • Birth Place: Montrose, Colorado, United States
  • Died: September 10, 1976
  • Profession: Novelist, screenwriter, director, actor
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Fast Facts

  • Was one of Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriters throughout most of the 1940s.
  • Was blacklisted after refusing to testify in 1947 about communism in the film industry.
  • Wrote scripts under pseudonyms while blacklisted, two of which won Oscars that the blacklisted Trumbo could not accept. One he received decades later, and the other was presented to his wife after his death.
  • Is the subject of the documentary film Trumbo, which is based on a play by his son, Christopher.
  • Is depicted writing in the bathtub in a sculpture erected in his hometown of Grand Junction, CO. The bathtub was his favorite writing spot.

Awards

  • 1956, Oscar — Best Writing (Motion Picture Story): Winner
  • 1970, Writers Guild Awards — The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Winner
  • 1954, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy: Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Writing (Motion Picture Story): Winner
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1961, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee
  • 1971, Cannes Film Festival — Special Jury Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1972, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Catherine — Sister
  • Nikola — Daughter
  • Elizabeth — Sister
  • Christopher Trumbo — Son
  • Cleo Beth Fincher — Wife
  • Melissa — Daughter
  • Maud — Mother
  • Orus Bonham Trumbo — Father

College

  • Attended University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States; attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: James Dalton Trumbo
  • Birth Place: Montrose, Colorado, United States
  • Died: September 10, 1976
  • Profession: Novelist, screenwriter, director, actor

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