Don Mankiewicz (Donald Martin Mankiewicz)
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... time he commented that, of his writing contemporaries, he was possibly the only one to have known the author, who was a friend of his father. In 1958 he was Oscar-nominated for writing 'I Want To Live', which gained Susan Hayward her Academy Award as convicted murderess Barbara Graham though much of his work was in television, on such series as 'Marcus Welby,MD','Ironside' and 'Star Trek'and, as a key member of the writers' union he helped to gain union recognition for quiz show writers. Don Mankiewicz died of heart failure at his home in Monrovia, California on 25 April 2015, leaving behind a widow Carol, to whom he had been married for forty-thee years and four children, son John being a screen-writer and daughter Jane an authoress.