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Julius Epstein

Biography

Among Vienna’s most acclaimed pianists and educators following his 1852 debut. He analyzed at Agram under choir movie director Vatroslav Lichtenegger and in addition at Vienna. He offered as teacher of piano in the Vienna Conservatory from 1867 until 1901. He fathered two daughters–cellist Rudolfine Epstein and violinist Eugénie Epstein–and a child, Richard, who was simply also a teacher of piano in the Vienna Conservatorium. He and Johannes Brahms had been good friends.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth August 7, 1832
Died December 30, 2000, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Croatia
Profession Pianist
Education Pennsylvania State University
Nationality American
Spouse Frances Sage, Ann Epstein
Children James Epstein, Phillip Epstein, Elizabeth Schwartz
Siblings Philip G. Epstein
Awards Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Drama
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Drama, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Comedy, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Comedy
Movies Casablanca, Arsenic and Old Lace, Cross of Iron, The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Brothers Karamazov, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Four Daughters, Mr. Skeffington, Reuben, Reuben, The Strawberry Blonde, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Tender Trap, Pete 'n' Tillie, Light in the Piazza, The Bride Came C.O.D., Once Is Not Enough, Fanny, Young at Heart, Romance on the High Seas, My Foolish Heart, Any Wednesday, The Reluctant Debutante, Prelude to War, The Battle of Russia, Kiss Them for Me, Daughters Courageous, Four Wives, The Battle of China, Return from the Ashes, House Calls, War Comes to America, Tall Story, Forever Female, The Male Animal, The Battle of Britain, The Nazis Strike, No Time for Comedy, Divide and Conquer, Take Care of My Little Girl, Little Big Shot, Saturday's Children, Honeymoon for Three, Take a Giant Step, Living on Velvet, One More Tomorrow, The Pirate, Stars Over Broadway, Secrets of an Actress, I Live for Love, Fools for Scandal, Sons o' Guns
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1 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.
2 Epstein began learning how movies were made by observing how films were made on the set of "College Humor" with Bing Crosby.
3 Frank Capra recruited the Epstein Twins for a month's work on his Wartime informational series, "Why We Fight.".
4 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.
5 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.
6 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?'.
7 Under contract to Warner Brothers from 1934 to 1944.
8 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.
9 Epstein and brother Philip G. Epstein became the first twins to be awarded Oscars when they won in the writing category for Casablanca (1942).
10 Two children, Elizabeth Schwartz and James.
11 Great uncle of Anya Epstein and her brother Theo Epstein, general manager of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
12 Is the uncle of novelist Leslie Epstein ("Pandaemonium", "San Remo Drive")
13 Was Penn State boxing team captain
14 Graduated Penn State University [1931]
15 Twin brother of Philip G. Epstein.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reuben, Reuben 1983 screenplay
Casablanca 1983 TV Series original screenplay - 5 episodes
House Calls TV Series creator - 1 episode, 1980 written by - 1 episode, 1979
The Pirate 1978 TV Movie
House Calls 1978 screenplay / story
Cross of Iron 1977 screenplay - as Julius Epstein
Once Is Not Enough 1975
Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 written for the screen by
Any Wednesday 1966 written for the screen by
Return from the Ashes 1965 as Julius Epstein
Send Me No Flowers 1964 screenplay - as Julius Epstein
Light in the Piazza 1962 screenplay
Fanny 1961 screenplay
Tall Story 1960 screenplay
Take a Giant Step 1959 screenplay
The Reluctant Debutante 1958 writer
The Brothers Karamazov 1958 adaptation
Kiss Them for Me 1957 screenplay - as Julius Epstein
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956 TV Series based upon a stage play by - 1 episode
Casablanca 1955-1956 TV Series previous screenplay - 9 episodes
The Tender Trap 1955 screenplay - as Julius Epstein
Lux Video Theatre 1955 TV Series original screenplay - 3 episodes
Young at Heart 1954 screenplay
The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 screenplay
Forever Female 1953 written by
Take Care of My Little Girl 1951
My Foolish Heart 1949 writer
Chicken Every Sunday 1949 stage play
Romance on the High Seas 1948 screen play
One More Tomorrow 1946 additional dialogue
War Comes to America 1945 Documentary
The Battle of China 1944 Documentary
Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 screen play
Mr. Skeffington 1944 screen play
The Battle of Britain 1943 Documentary writer
The Battle of Russia 1943 Documentary writer
This Is the Army 1943 contract writer - uncredited
Divide and Conquer 1943 Documentary uncredited
The Nazis Strike 1943 Documentary short writer
Casablanca 1942 screenplay
Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 contributor to screenplay - uncredited
Prelude to War 1942 Documentary uncredited
The Male Animal 1942 screen play
The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942 screen play
The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941 screen play
The Strawberry Blonde 1941 screen play
Honeymoon for Three 1941 additional dialogue
No Time for Comedy 1940 screen play
Saturday's Children 1940 screen play
Four Wives 1939 screen play
Daughters Courageous 1939 writer
The Sisters 1938 contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited
Secrets of an Actress 1938 original screenplay
Four Daughters 1938 screen play
Fools for Scandal 1938 contributing writer - uncredited
Confession 1937 english adaptation
The King and the Chorus Girl 1937 dialogue - uncredited
Sons o' Guns 1936 screen play
Stars Over Broadway 1935 screen play
I Live for Love 1935 story & screenplay
The Big Broadcast of 1936 1935 contributor to treatment - uncredited
Little Big Shot 1935 screen play
Broadway Gondolier 1935 contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited
In Caliente 1935 screen play - as Julius Epstein
Living on Velvet 1935 story and screen play - as Julius Epstein
Twenty Million Sweethearts 1934 uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reuben, Reuben 1983 co-producer
Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 producer
Any Wednesday 1966 producer
Take a Giant Step 1959 producer
Mr. Skeffington 1944 producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You Must Remember This: A Tribute to 'Casablanca' 1992 Video documentary short acknowledgment: Epstein Brothers photo courtesy of
James Cagney: Top of the World 1992 TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Julius Epstein

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Humphrey Bogart: You Must Remember This... 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bogart: The Untold Story 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself - Screenwriter (as Jules Epstein)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Epstein in Hollywood - Julius J. Epstein Talks 1994 Documentary Himself
You Must Remember This: A Tribute to 'Casablanca' 1992 Video documentary short Himself - Screenwriter (as Julius Epstein)
James Cagney: Top of the World 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Screenwriter (as Julius Epstein)
Great Performances 1988 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once in a Lew Moon 2015 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Career Achievement Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1984 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium Reuben, Reuben (1983)
1956 Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement Writers Guild of America, USA
1944 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Casablanca (1942) · Philip G. Epstein
· Howard Koch

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1984 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Reuben, Reuben (1983)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Reuben, Reuben (1983)
1979 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen House Calls (1978) · Max Shulman
· Alan Mandel
· Charles Shyer
1973 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
1973 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
1962 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama Fanny (1961)
1959 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Comedy The Reluctant Debutante (1958) · William Douglas-Home
1956 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Comedy The Tender Trap (1955)
1939 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Four Daughters (1938) · Lenore J. Coffee


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#Quote
1 (1984 interview) I'm not used to collaboration - except for my brother, which was not really a collaboration; it was like one.
2 (On John Garfiels) Garfield was a nice guy, but kind of a sad sack. We'd tease him. Thhere was something called The Writers' Table, where writers sat around at lunch in the commissary, and I remember Garield coming up once and saying, 'Let's have an intellectual discussion.' I said, 'Sure, who's going to represent you?
3 (On James Cagney) Such a pro! Got up there, knew his lines, did his work.
4 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.
5 [)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!"
6 [on Ronald Reagan being considered for Casablanca (1942)]: "I still have nightmares."


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