Academy to Celebrate Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Centennial Salute
Beverly Hills, CA (April 29, 2009) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a centennial salute to legendary writer, director and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz, featuring a special 50th anniversary screening of a recently restored print of “Suddenly, Last Summer,” on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also celebrate the recent gift of the Joseph L. Mankiewicz Papers to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library. Ben Mankiewicz, film critic and great nephew of the honoree, will host the evening, which will include a panel discussion with family and friends before the screening.
Joseph Mankiewicz (1909–1993) earned nine Academy Award® nominations over his four-and-a-half decade career and won four Oscars® for the screenplay and direction of “A Letter to Three Wives” (1949) and “All About Eve” (1950).
“Suddenly, Last Summer” (1959) is a psychological drama directed by Mankiewicz and adapted by Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams from Williams’s play. Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor earned Best Actress nominations for their portrayals of a fierce Southern matriarch (Hepburn) and her disturbed young niece (Taylor), whose reactions to a traumatic death in the family present a neurosurgeon (Montgomery Clift) with a horrifying dilemma. The film also received a nomination for Black-and-White Art Direction (Oliver Messel, William Kellner; Set Decoration: Scot Slimon).
Ben Mankiewicz is the weekend daytime host for Turner Classic Movies and the co-host of “At the Movies.” He also is the co-creator of “The Young Turks,” a daily liberal talk show on the Web and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Tickets for “A Centennial Salute to Joseph L. Mankiewicz” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.