A Hollywood publicist and New York reporter who turned script doctor before having his own screenplays produced in the 1940s, Ring Lardner Jr.'s notable contributions include the acid satire, "Nothing Sacred" (1937), the effervescent comedy, "Woman of the Year" (1942), which earned him his first Oscar, and the noir classic, "Laura" (1944). One of the "Hollywood Ten," Lardner served a term in prison before circumventing his blacklisting by using fronts or writing under the pseudonym Philip Rush. He resurfaced under his own name with Norman Jewison's excellent drama "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965). Lardner won a second Oscar for his script for Robert Altman's brilliant black comedy "M*A*S*H" (1970). His last produced script was the 1977 biopic of boxer Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest."
He is the son of humorist Ring Lardner and brother of writers John, James and David Lardner.
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Worked as reporter for DAILY MIRROR
First screen work, uncredited work on "Nothing Sacred"
Provided the ending for "A Star Is Born"
First screen credit as co-writer with Ian McLellan Hunter and Harvey Gates, "Meet Dr. Christian"
Provided story and co-wrote screenplay for "Woman of the Year"; won Oscar
Subpoenaed before the House Committee on Un-American Activities
Blacklisted in Hollywood
Provided uncredited work on the screenplay for Joseph Losey's "The Big Night"
With Ian McLellan Hunter, wrote screenplay to "Virgin Island"; jointly credited as Philip Rush
Received co-screenwriter credit (with Terry Southern) on Norman Jewison's "The Cincinnati Kid"
Wrote the screenplay adaptation for Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"; won second Oscar
Last feature film to date "The Greatest"
Began involvement with Sundance Institute