This Day in Jewish History 2005: A Hypochondriac Whose Writing Captivated Hollywood Dies

Ernest Lehman's one flop was writing a film version of 'Portnoy's Complaint'. 'Sound of Music' and 'North by Northwest,' to name but two, did rather better.

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On July 2, 2005, screenwriting great Ernest Lehman died. Lehman’s virtuosity as one of the first writers to dedicate his career specifically to writing for the movies – as opposed to slumming for a spell in...