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Charles William Brackett
Born (1892-11-26)November 26, 1892
"Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.
Died March 9, 1969(1969-03-09) (aged 76)
"Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Alma mater "Williams College
Occupation Writer, "screenwriter
Years active 1925–1962

"Best Original Screenplay
1950 "Sunset Boulevard
1953 "Titanic
"Best Adapted Screenplay
1945 "The Lost Weekend
"Academy Honorary Award
1959 Lifetime Achievement

"WGA Award – "Best Written Drama
1950 "Sunset Boulevard

Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with "Billy Wilder.


Life and career[edit]

Brackett was born November 26, 1892 in "Saratoga Springs, New York, the son of Mary Emma Corliss and New York State Senator, lawyer, and banker "Edgar Truman Brackett. The family's roots traced back to the arrival of Richard Brackett in the "Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629, near present-day "Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother's uncle, "George Henry Corliss, built the Centennial Engine that powered the 1876 "Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. A 1915 graduate of "Williams College, he earned his degree from "Harvard University. He joined the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War I. He was awarded the French Medal of Honor. He was a frequent contributor to the "Saturday Evening Post, "Collier's, and "Vanity Fair, and a drama critic for "The New Yorker from 1925-29. He wrote five novels: The Counsel of the Ungodly (1920), Week-End (1925), That Last Infirmity (1926), American Colony (1929),[1] and Entirely Surrounded (1934).

Brackett was president of the "Screen Writers Guild (1938–1939). He was president of the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1949 through 1955. Brackett either wrote or produced over 40 films during his career, including "To Each His Own, "Ninotchka, "The Major and the Minor, "The Mating Season (1951), "Niagara, "The King and I, "Ten North Frederick, "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, and "Blue Denim.

From 1936-50, Brackett worked with "Billy Wilder as his collaborator on thirteen movies, including "The Lost Weekend (1945) and "Sunset Boulevard (1950), which won "Academy Awards for their screenplays. The duo's professional partnership ended in 1950, after the completion of Sunset Boulevard. Brackett then went to work at "20th Century-Fox as a screenwriter and producer. His script for "Titanic (1953) won him another Academy Award. He received an "Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1958.


Brackett married Elizabeth Barrows Fletcher, a descendant of "Stephen Hopkins of the "Mayflower, on June 2, 1919, in "Indianapolis, Indiana. They had two daughters, Alexandra Corliss Brackett, Mrs. Larmore (1920–1965) and Elizabeth Fletcher Brackett (1922–1997). Elizabeth Fletcher Brackett died on June 7, 1948. In 1953, Brackett married his sister-in-law (Elizabeth's sister, Lillian Fletcher); that union was childless.[2]


Charles Brackett died on March 9, 1969, aged 76, in "Beverly Hills, California.[3] His diaries covering the years 1932 until the breakup with Wilder were edited by Anthony Slide under the title It's the Pictures That Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Partial filmography[edit]

("*" indicates collaboration with "Billy Wilder)

Award and Nominations[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Category Film Result Shared with
"1939 "Best Adapted Screenplay "Ninotchka Nominated "Billy Wilder & "Walter Reisch
"1941 Best Adapted Screenplay "Hold Back the Dawn Nominated Billy Wilder
"1945 "Best Picture "The Lost Weekend Won N/A
"1945 Best Adapted Screenplay The Lost Weekend Won Billy Wilder
"1948 Best Adapted Screenplay "A Foreign Affair Nominated Billy Wilder & "Richard L. Breen
"1950 Best Picture "Sunset Boulevard Nominated N/A
"1950 "Best Original Screenplay Sunset Boulevard Won Billy Wilder & "D. M. Marshman Jr.
"1953 Best Original Screenplay "Titanic Won Richard L. Breen & Walter Reisch
"1956 Best Picture "The King and I Nominated N/A
"1957 "Honorary Award N/A Won N/A

External links[edit]


  1. ^ See Drewey Wayne Gunn, Gay American Novels, 1870-1970: A Reader's Guide (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016), 21-22.
  2. ^ Hopper, H. (December 27, 1953). Charlie Brackett marries sister of his first wife. Los Angeles Times (1923–Current File); accessed January 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Charles Brackett Dies at 77; Made Oscar-Winning Movies. 'Sunset Boulevard,' 'The Lost Weekend' and 'Titanic' among his successes". "New York Times. March 10, 1969. Retrieved January 2, 2011. Charles Brackett was born in Saratoga Springs, NY, and graduated in 1915 from Williams College, where he was editor of the literary monthly and a member of… 
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