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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Nickname Julie

Mini Bio (1)

Julius J. Epstein was born on August 22, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Casablanca (1942), Reuben, Reuben (1983) and Pete 'n' Tillie (1972). He was married to Ann Margot Laszlo and Frances Sage. He died on December 30, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Frances Sage (1936 - 1949) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Ann Margot Laszlo (? - 30 December 2000) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (15)

Twin brother of Philip G. Epstein.
Graduated Penn State University [1931]
Was Penn State boxing team captain
Is the uncle of novelist Leslie Epstein ("Pandaemonium", "San Remo Drive")
Great uncle of Anya Epstein and her brother Theo Epstein, general manager of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Two children, Elizabeth Schwartz and James.
Epstein and brother Philip G. Epstein became the first twins to be awarded Oscars when they won in the writing category for Casablanca (1942).
The Epstein twins enjoyed a well-earned reputation, not only for writing witty dialogue, but also for coming up with the best impromptu wisecracks in the movie business.
Under contract to Warner Brothers from 1934 to 1944.
Began in Hollywood in 1933 as ghostwriter for Jerry Wald. Considered himself the model for the character of Julian Blumberg in Budd Schulberg's novel 'What Makes Sammy Run?'.
After the death of his twin brother in 1952, Epstein found working with a collaborator near impossible. He tried working with Billy Wilder three times, but nothing came of it.
Epstein first arrived in Hollywood about 10:30 p.m. on Otctober 14, 1933 and by midnight was collaborating on the screenplay of "Twenty Million Sweethearts" as pages had to be turned in early Monday morning.
Frank Capra recruited the Epstein Twins for a month's work on his Wartime informational series, "Why We Fight.".
Epstein began learning how movies were made by observing how films were made on the set of "College Humor" with Bing Crosby.
Woody Allen paid tribute to Epstein by using the name in two of his movies, once as character's license plate and in another as a character.

Personal Quotes (6)

[on Ronald Reagan being considered for Casablanca (1942)]: "I still have nightmares."
[)n 'Casablanca', 1984] "Just a routine assignment. Frankly, I can't understand it's staying power. If it were made today, line for line, each performance as good, it'd be laughed off the screen. It's such a phony picture. Not a word of truth in it. It's camp, kitsch. it's just...slick shit!"
One of the wonderful things about working at Warners was the wealth of character actors a screenwriter could draw on. It was the greatest stock company going. Lots of times we didn't know who the leads were going to be, but often we'd write scripts with specific character actors in mind. We knew who was under contract - Frank McHugh, S.Z. Sakall, Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly - and we kept them in mind.
(On James Cagney) Such a pro! Got up there, knew his lines, did his work.
(On John Garfield) Garfield was a nice guy, but kind of a sad sack. We'd tease him. There was something called The Writers' Table, where writers sat around at lunch in the commissary, and I remember Garfield coming up once and saying, 'Let's have an intellectual discussion.' I said, 'Sure, who's going to represent you?'
(1984 interview) I'm not used to collaboration - except for my brother, which was not really a collaboration; it was like one.

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