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We thought we could do anything: The life of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron by Henry Ephron (1977-01-01)


Hollywood's glamorous days--everything from Fred Astaire to What Price Glory--Behind the Scenes with Screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron.

Millions of adult Americans will fondly remember such entertaining movies as CarouselThe Jackpot, and There's No Business Like Show Business. Phoebe and Henry Ephron, who wrote the screenplays for these and other films, were a unique team in that they used their special talents, working with dozens of great names of screen and stage, to create everything from the comic to the somber under circumstances both humorous and quite the opposite.

Whether they were working on a Carousel, starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae or a new What Price Glory, or Fred Astaire's Daddy Long Legs, the Ephrons were always learning something new and exciting about a magical assortment of people (Henry remembers the famous director John Ford the day he was faulted by his producer for being two days behind in shooting a film. He tore up six pages and said: "Tell the SOB I'm six days ahead!")

This is also a story of the thirty-seven-year marriage of two people who started out with very little, realized their dreams of having a play produced on Broadway, and then went to Hollywood, where they wrote major scripts for some of the biggest stars. Woven throughout the story is the family element of raising four daughters in the make-believe atmosphere of Southern California.

As the two Ephrons worried about the work they'd done on one major script, the make-believe turning into a glorious reprieve when it was reported to them that Darryl Zanuck had just told a friend, "I'll never know how the Ephrons took that old chestnut and turned it into this great screenplay."

Here, a professional storyteller is at his best in a personal narrative which also brings onstage a fascinating supporting cast.



We Thought We Could Do Anything by Henry Ephron

SKU: 9780393336252
    • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (April 1, 1977)
    • Language : English
    • Paperback : 228 pages
    • ISBN-10 : 0393336255
    • ISBN-13 : 978-0393336252
    • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
    • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.52 x 8.5 inches
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