1974 - Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The author of the world’s bestseller book Godfather, Mario Puzo was an Italian-American author and screenwriter who introduced and acquired fame for his mastery in the crime fiction. He had served in the American Army during the World War II before he could make his mark as a world bestseller after a long period of struggle as a writer. Mario Puzo wrote his first novel The Dark Arena during the World War that was published in 1955 and brought him the fame that was followed by his second and third novel The Fortunate Pilgrim and The Runaway Summer of Davie Shaw respectively. His next work The Godfather was the first book that made him a legendry figure winning him the Academy Award and paved way for its sequel The Godfather II. In no time, Mario Puzo was catapulted into front ranks of American authors with the huge success of other novels like The Sicilian and Fools Die. He was a two time winner of academy award winning it in 1972 and 1974 respectively.
Mario Puzo died on 2 July 1999 in Bay Shore, in New York. Two of his novels Omerta and The Family came posthumously but he had finished the manuscript before his death. Some of his notable works are as under:
- The Dark Arena (1955)
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965)
- The Runaway Summer of Davie Shaw (1966)
- Six Graves to Munich (1967)
- The Godfather (1969)
- Fools die (1978)
- The Sicilian (1984)
- The Fourth K. (1991)
- The Last Don (1996)
- Omerta (2000)
- The Family (2002)
MARIO PUZO TIMELINE
Mario Gianluigi Puzo was born on 15 October 1920.
He wrote his first book The Dark Arena.
Awarded the Adapted Screenplay.
Again Awarded the Adapted Screenplay.
He wrote the first draft of the script for the film Earthquake in 1974.
Mario Puzo died on 2 July 1999.
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