The Friends of the USC Libraries is the org that bestows the annual Scripter Award honoring the year’s best adapted screenplay and the author of the original work on which it is based. It also is giving Robert Towne the 2014 USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award. Both honors will be bestowed February 8. LA native Towne is best known for penning the original script for Chinatown, which won him an Oscar in 1975. His adapted screenplay credits though include John Fante’s Ask The Dust, Daniel Ponicsan’s The Last Detail and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan. He also was the script doctor who polished Bonnie And Clyde, The Godfather and Heaven Can Wait among others. He recently was recruited to join the writing staff for the upcoming seventh and final season of AMC’s Mad Men. “Through his adaptation of the seminal L.A. novel Ask The Dust, Robert Towne brought an important piece of Los Angeles history and culture to the world, and his entire body of adapted work stands as great inspiration for filmmakers who transform one medium of creative expression into another,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries.
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