Born In: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Harlan Ellison is considered to be one of the greatest writers ever in the genre of speculative fiction. As a youngster, Ellison displayed his fearlessness by repeatedly running away from home and taking on a variety of unusual jobs. Best known for his short stories, the extremely prolific Ellison also wrote screenplays, teleplays, comic book scripts, novellas, essays and a large assortment of criticism. He never confined himself to conventions and experimented wherever possible, pushing others to do the same. He was also the editor of two pioneering science-fiction anthologies, for which he was given a lot of credit for urging the contributing writers to write in a non-traditional way. His unwillingness to let his scripts be altered for commercialization led him to walk out of many TV and Hollywood projects. Whenever his works were modified, Ellison expressed his disapproval by refusing to lend his own name and used the pseudonym of ‘Cordwainer Bird’ instead. Adored and detested in equal measure, contentious Ellison was never shy of expressing his opinion in the strongest of terms. But, there are no divided opinions on his writings, as Ellison has enthralled his fans and critics alike with his incredible body of work.
Nick Name: Cordwainer Bird, Nalrah Nosille
Also Known As: Harlan Jay Ellison
Died At Age: 84
Spouse/Ex-: Lori Horowitz (m. 1976), Susan Anne Toth (m. 1986), Billie Joyce Sanders (m. 1960–1963), Charlotte Stein (m. 1956), Lory Patrick Jones (m. 1966–1966)
father: Louis Laverne Ellison
siblings: Beverly Ellison
Born Country: United States
place of death: Los Angeles, California, United States
U.S. State: Ohio
City: Cleveland, Ohio
education: Ohio State University
awards: 1976 - Golden Scroll for Best Writing
1996 - Lifetime Achievement Award
1976 - Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
1968 - Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
1976 - Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Writing
1987 - WGA Award (TV) for Anthology Episode/Single Program
1974 - WGA Award (TV) for Best Written Dramatic Episode
1968 - WGA Award (TV) for Best Written Dramatic Episode
1966 - WGA Award (TV) for TV Anthology
2000 - WGC Award for for
He was recruited as a writer for the famous ‘Walt Disney Studios’. On his first day, he was joking about the concept of making a pornographic movie featuring Disney characters which was overheard by CEO ‘Roy O. Disney’, leading to his termination the same day.
He used several pseudonyms throughout his writing career, the most popular one being ‘Cordwainer Bird’. Ellison used this particular pen name when his work was modified without his approval.
Harlan Ellison married five times. He married Charlotte Stein in 1956, and they divorced in 1960. The same year he married Billie Joyce Sanders; they parted ways in 1963. He married Loretta Patrick in 1966 and their marriage lasted only seven weeks. He married Lori Horowitz in 1976, and the marriage lasted eight months. In 1986, he married Susan Toth and they remained together until his death.
Ellison had been a great advocate of civil rights. In 1965, he participated in the ‘Bloody Sunday March’ from Selma to Montgomery, a protest march supporting the ‘American civil rights movement’, led by ‘Martin Luther King, Jr.’.
Ellison was embroiled in controversies throughout his career, that arosed from his crude and argumentative temperament. Some of those issues included defamation lawsuits, copyright suits, personal feuds and boycotting any work which did not provide him with creative freedom.
Harlan Ellison died on June 28, 2018, in his sleep, at home in Los Angeles. He was 84.
This famous science-fiction writer was expelled from ‘Ohio State University’ for punching his professor who criticized his writing. Over the next 40-years, the writer sent that professor a copy of every story he published.
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