Melville “Mel” Shavelson

Melville “Mel” Shavelson

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Death 8 Aug 2007 (aged 90)
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Memorial ID 20850653 · View Source
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Screenwriter, Director. He worked with such screen legends such as Bob Hope, Cary Grant, and Lucille Ball, and received two Academy Award nominations for his screenplays. Born in New York, Shavelson began his career in Hollywood as a gag writer for Bob Hope's radio show. He made his writing-directing debut with the feature "The Seven Little Foys" (1955), the screenplay for which earned him his first Academy Award nomination; he got another for "Houseboat." His credits also include "It Started in Naples", "On the Double", "Yours Mine and Ours", and "The War Between Men and Women". Shavelson also wrote several books, among them "How to Make a Jewish Movie", "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me: Bob Hope's Comedy History of the U.S." (co-written with Hope), and an autobiography released on his 90th birthday, "How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Trying: P.S. You Can't!". At one time Shavelson was president of the Writers Guild of America. He died in Studio City, California.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 8 Aug 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 20850653
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Melville “Mel” Shavelson (1 Apr 1917–8 Aug 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 20850653, ; Maintained by José L Bernabé Tronchoni (contributor 46500104) Unknown.