Joan Didion, who died at present at age 87, and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, sustained a uniquely frosty however worthwhile relationship with Hollywood through the years. As novelists and screenwriters, they earned top-dollar for his or her screenplays, and sometimes accepted rewrites, but additionally critiqued the foibles of the studio system.
While socially tight with the Hollywood circuit and lively purveyors of studio gossip, in addition they maintained necessary literary careers, have been courted by publishers and commonly contributed to the New York Review of Books and different publications.
“They maintained a split personality as Hollywood people but also as New York insiders,” defined one in all their brokers.
They have been married in 1969, the yr Dunne printed a e-book titled The Studio, a pointy, satirical closeup of twentieth Century Fox within the closing days of the Zanuck regime. Dunne additionally wrote a e-book titled Monster: Living Off the Big Screen, relating how Dunne and Didion collectively wrote a disappointing romance starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. The movie was titled Up Close and Personal, however the screenwriting course of was depicted as painfully irritating, if financially rewarding.
Another Didion-Dunne screenplay collaboration, True Confessions, was based mostly on a Dunne novel, and have become the idea for a 1997 film starring Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall. The most profitable Didion-Dunne collaboration, A Star Is Born in 1976, additionally was co-credited to Frank Pierson, the director.
Dunne’s older brother, Dominick Dunne, was a Hollywood socialite and producer who, after writing about his bout with alcoholism, turned a criminal offense author for Vanity Fair. He died in 2009.