Don Mankiewicz (Donald Martin Mankiewicz)

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Berlin, Germany
Donald Mankiewicz was born in Berlin into an illustrious creative family, his father being the screen-writer Herman Mankiewicz and his uncle film director Joseph Mankiewicz, whilst his brother Frank would also distinguish himself as a journalist. Brought up in Beverly Hills - where his parents' dinner guests numbered the biggest screen stars of the 1930s - he graduated from Columbia University in 1942 and served in Army Intelligence before becoming a staff writer for the 'New Yorker'. In the early 1950s he began writing for television, one of his early jobs being an adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald' 'The Last Tycoon'. Read more...