Award-winning screenwriter (86) dies

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David Seidler, screenwriter of the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speechdied at the age of 86.

The British screenwriter has told the true story of how King George VI overcame his severe speech impediment, and his unlikely friendship with his speech therapist Lionel Logue in the run-up to World War II, on the big screen.

Seidler stammered himself. He dedicated the Oscar statuette he won in 2011 to “all stutterers around the world”.

The movie also won Colin Firth a Bafta and an Oscar for his role as King George VI.

Seidler also handled the stage adaptation of the movie. It opened in London’s West End in 2012.

According to Jeff Aghassi, Seidler’s manager, he died on Saturday. Aghassi confirmed to the BBC that the author was in New Zealand at the time of his death.

“He was in the place he loved the most and was doing what gave him the greatest peace – fly fishing.

“If he could, this is exactly how he would have written it.”

Born in London, England in 1937, Seidler moved to America in the early days of World War II and the London Blitz. He studied at Cornell University where he befriended the writer Thomas Pynchon.

According to the LA Times Seidler translated Japanese monster movies early in his career and made his breakthrough in the television industry in the sixties with the series Adventures of the Seaspray.

Throughout his career, he has managed a whole series of projects and has children’s musicals such as The King and I, Quest for Camelot and Madeline: Lost in Paris writing.

He won his first Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award in 1988 for Onassis: The Richest Man in the World. He was also the co-writer of Francis Ford Coppola’s comedy-drama in 1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

Additional source: BBC