James Goldman

James Goldman (June 30, 1927 – October 28, 1998) was an American screenwriter and playwright, and the brother of screenwriter and novelist William Goldman.

James Goldman
James Adolf Goldman

(1927-06-30)June 30, 1927
DiedOctober 28, 1998(1998-10-28) (aged 71)
NationalityUnited States
  • Marie McKeon (19621972; divorced; 2 children: Matthew and Julia Noël)
  • Barbara Goldman (19751998; his death)


Born to a Jewish family[1] in Chicago, Illinois, Goldman grew up primarily in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He is most noted as the author of The Lion in Winter, for which he received an Academy Award, and as the author of the book for the Broadway musical Follies.

Goldman died from a heart attack in New York City, where he had lived for many years.


Broadway libretti




  • Myself as Witness
  • Waldorf
  • The Man From Greek and Roman
  • Fulton County


  1. Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6.
  2. The New York Times: "They Might Be Giants"

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