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Things We Saw Today: William Goldman, Writer of The Princess Bride & Other Perfect Works of Art, Has Died

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William Goldman, one of the most talented writers to ever live, passed away this morning. He was 87, and best known for truly perfect films like All the Presidents’ Men, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and The Princess Bride.

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In addition to writing perfect screenplays, he also wrote the perfect book on writing screenplays (in addition to novels, including The Princess Bride, which he later adapted). In Adventures in Screen Trade, he coined the famous aphorism about Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything.” As he wrote, “Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.”

William Goldman’s life and work were gifts to us all. We will miss him deeply.

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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