Stanley Shapiro

Stanley Shapiro (July 16, 1925 – July 21, 1990) was an American screenwriter and producer responsible for three of Doris Day's most successful films.

Stanley Shapiro
Born(1925-07-16)July 16, 1925
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJuly 21, 1990(1990-07-21) (aged 65)
Los Angeles
OccupationWriter, screenwriter
Years active1953–88

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shapiro earned his first screen credit for South Sea Woman in 1953. His work for Day earned him Oscar nominations for Lover Come Back and That Touch of Mink and a win for Pillow Talk, and Mink won him the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy.[1]

Life and career

Shapiro was born and raised in Brooklyn. He was Jewish.[2] He dropped out of Brooklyn College and began selling jokes to comedians. He eventually wrote for Fred Allen on radio and then for George Burns and Gracie Allen. He followed Burns and Allens to Hollywood and worked on their television show.[3]

He produced the first season of Ray Bolger's ABC sitcom, Where's Raymond?, and was replaced in the second season by Paul Henning, as the series was renamed The Ray Bolger Show.[4]

Additional writing credits include Operation Petticoat, Come September, Bedtime Story, Me, Natalie, For Pete's Sake, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Carbon Copy.

"Although I find social institutions, manners, customs and prejudices a bit ridiculous, I do not regard them as a satirist," he told an interviewer in 1962. "I am a humorist. Will Rogers was a satirist, Laurel and Hardy were humorists. Believe me, humor is much harder to write. It was a lot easier for Will Rogers to get a laugh by doing a pun about the Government than it was for Laurel and Hardy to figure out a routine on how to move a piano manually from the basement to the fifth floor."[5]

Shapiro's last project was the television movie Running Against Time, based on his novel A Time to Remember. Broadcast four months after his death from leukemia in Los Angeles, it was dedicated to his memory.

Select Credits

Other Writings

  • "The Engagement Baby" (1973) - play
  • "Simon's Soul" (1977) - novel
  • "A Time to Remember" (1987) - novel


  1. Oliver, M. (1990, Jul 22). Stanley shapiro, 65; producer, oscar-winning screenwriter. Los Angeles Times (Pre-1997 Fulltext) Retrieved from
  3. By MURRAY SCHUMACH Special to The New,York Times. (1962, Mar 19). FILM WRITER SEES A LACK OF HUMOR. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. "Where's Raymond?/The Ray Bolger Show". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  5. AP. (1990, Jul 24). Stanley shapiro, 65; 'pillow talk' script won him an oscar. New York Times Retrieved from
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