Celebrity Birthday of the Day – March 22

I feel like I don’t give screenwriters nearly enough love here on TBR, so today we’re celebrating the birthday of screenwriter Eric Roth. Roth was born into the film industry, with his mother being a studio executive and his father a film producer. He gradiated from UCLA Film School and also holds a degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Roth’s first writing credit was the 1970 film To Catch a Pebble, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s he did a lot of uncredited screenwriting before gaining much acclaim and an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of Forrest Gump. Since then, Roth has written such films as The Postman, The Horse Whisperer, The Insider, Ali, Munich, The Good Shepherd, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. So I guess you could say that if you want an Academy Award-nominated screenplay, Eric Roth is one of the go-to guys. He turns 68 today.

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