One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest screenwriter Bo Goldman dies aged 90

Two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Bo Goldman has died aged 90.

His son-in-law Todd Fields confirmed Goldman died in California on Tuesday.

The American screenwriter and playwright received two Golden Globes, two Writers Guild of America Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and was nominated for two Baftas.

He scored his Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975, which starred Jack Nicholson, and Melvin and Howard in 1980, starring Mary Steenburgen.

Goldman was born in New York in 1932, and attended Princeton University.

After a three-year stint in the US Army, he first began work on Broadway as a lyricist for Pride and Prejudice inspired musical First Impressions.

In the peak of his career, he went on to write The Rose (1979), Shoot the Moon (1982), Scent of a Woman (1992) and Meet Joe Black (1998).

Speaking about his work, Goldman told The Washington Post in 1982: ‘If there is a train of thought that runs through my work it is a yearning, a longing to make the people real and capture their lives on the screen.’ 

He continued: ‘I think there is nothing more fulfilling in the world than to see your view of life realized in art.

‘For me, film is unique; it has a peculiar quality for re-creating life. I find life so wonderful, that to try to capture it in art is like trying to catch starlight.’

Paying tribute to the renowned writer, Danny Devito, who played Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, told ET: ‘Working with Bo was a dream. It was an honor knowing him.’

Goldman is survived by his son and four daughters, after his wife of 63 years died in 2017.

He also had seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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