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Everywhere Hollywood

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Gerald Ayres (born February 3, 1936) is an American film studio executive, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his wo... Weiterlesen
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Gerald Ayres (born February 3, 1936) is an American film studio executive, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his work as producer of The Last Detail (1973) starring Jack
Nicholson and as writer of Rich and Famous (1981) the last film directed by George Cukor.

He worked in New York in 1957 as a theatre writer and play doctor. Between writing jobs he worked in a zipper factory in the garment district and as a story analyst for the New York office of Columbia Pictures.

In 1964 he was brought to Columbia's Hollywood studio as assistant to new studio chief, Mike Frankovich. When Frankovich left in 1971 Ayres was made creative head of the studio.

In 1970 Ayres served as producer of The Model Shop directed by French author Jaques Demy and starring Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood, but was not credited because of his position as studio executive. At that time he tried unsuccessfully to secure financing for Demy's wife, Agnes Varda, to direct a script she had written, Peace and Love.

Gerald Ayres produced for Columbia the small film, Cisco Pike in 1972, starring Kris Kristofferson, Gene Hackman and Karen Black. In 1973, he produced The Last Detail, which was nominated for three Academy Awards: Jack Nicholson as actor, Robert Towne as screenwriter and Randy Quaid as supporting actor. The film won BAFTA's best picture award and Nicholson won best actor laurels at Cannes. Columbia executives considered the film "un-American", and Ayres took the production to Toronto.

In 1979 Ayres wrote the script for Foxes (film), starring Jodie Foster which he co-produced with David Puttnam.

He wrote the screenplay for Rich and Famous, which as released in 1981, starring starred Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen. He was awarded the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium

Film Writer
1981 Rich and Famous
1980 Foxes
Television Writer:
1995 Destiny (TV mini-series on the life of Elizabeth Taylor) written under the pseudonym of Burr Douglas
1992 Crazy in Love (TV movie) (teleplay)
1992 Stormy Weathers (TV movie) (teleplay)
1982 Rumpelstiltskin (1982) (teleplay)
Film Producer:
1980 Foxes
1973 The Last Detail
1972 Cisco Pike
1973 The Last Detail - Skater at Ice Rink (uncredited)
2002 How to Draw a Bunny (documentary) Himself
Rich and Famous- 1980 Writer's Guild award Best Adapted Comedy of the Year


"What should I do? This guy says he wants me to work for him but I can't get him on the phone. "He's in Bangkok with Richard Brooks." "I understand but he didn't say when he's -" "You want my advice? Go on. Get out of here. Go to Hollywood." I went to Hollywood.

Thus I became the assistant to the new flamboyant studio chief of Columbia Pictures and stepped onto the merry-go-round of serendipity and chance. I was forced to learn on the job. The men and women who taught and mentored me were among the greats who created the town and now were making their last. My peers were beginning what came to be called Hollywood's Second Golden Age, the mid-sixties.

In five years the studio boss stormed out the door and by serendipity if not ambition I was put in his place at age 29. Some great films were made in those five years. But I didn't want the job. I wanted to become one of the Young Lions who were taking over the industry. I struck out on my own to produce the seminal films Cisco Pike and The Last Detail. I evolved into writing as well as producing my films, such as Rich and Famous and Foxes. Over the next three decades my livelihood would be derived mostly as a writer, film and television. Throughout this roller coaster of a creative life journey I shared love with the most unexpected persons. Experienced loss, discovered spirituality and most importantly discovered myself. Always there was the one constant Everywhere Hollywood.

Gerald Ayres 2016


Titel: Everywhere Hollywood
Untertitel: A Memoir By Gerald Ayres
EAN: 9780692784532
ISBN: 0692784535
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Gerald Ayres
Genre: Briefe & Biografien
Anzahl Seiten: 392
Gewicht: 805g
Größe: H240mm x B161mm x T27mm
Jahr: 2016