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Norman Mailer

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Writer of fiction and nonfiction who also received the Pulitzer Reward for both Executioner’s Music (1979) as well as the Armies of the night time (1968). His well-known essays and article collections are the White colored Negro (1957) as well as the Presidential Documents (1963). After learning aeronautical executive at Harvard University or college, he offered in the U.S. Military during World Battle II. In 1948, he released his debut function, a semi-autobiographical book called The Nude and the Deceased. He co-founded the favorite NEW YORK newspaper, The Town Tone of voice, in 1955, and became known for his functions of New Journalism (also known as creative non-fiction). He wedded his first wife, Beatrice Silverman, in 1944. He was wedded and divorced four even more instances before marrying 6th wife, Norris Chapel Mailer, in 1980 (the few remained wedded until Norman Mailer’s loss of life). Through his six relationships, he fathered nine kids. Writer Jules Feiffer received a Pulitzer Reward for his function in The Town Tone of voice, a publication that Mailer helped set up.

Quick Facts


Full Name Norman Mailer
Date Of Birth January 31, 1923
Died November 10, 2007, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Long Branch, NJ
Profession Novelist
Education Harvard University, University of Paris
Nationality American
Spouse Norris Church Mailer, Carol Stevens, Beverly Bentley, Jeanne Campbell, Adele Morales, Beatrice Silverman
Children Stephen Mailer, John Buffalo Mailer, Michael Mailer, Kate Mailer, Danielle Mailer, Elizabeth Mailer, Matthew Mailer, Susan Mailer, Maggie Mailer
Parents Fanny Schneider Mailer, Isaac Barnett Mailer
Siblings Barbara Mailer, Norma Mailer
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Bad Sex in Fiction Award, Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Helmerich Award, Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, National Book Award for Arts and Letters (Nonfiction)
Nominations National Book Award for Fiction, Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Hammett Prize, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, National Book Award for History and Biography (Nonfiction), National Book Award for Fiction (Hardcover), National Book Award for Fiction (Paperback)
Movies Maidstone, Wild 90, Tough Guys Don't Dance, Norman Mailer: The American, King Lear, Cremaster 2, Ragtime, When We Were Kings, Town Bloody Hall, American Tragedy, Inside Deep Throat, Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, The Naked and the Dead, The Executioner's Song, Oswald's Ghost, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, New York in the Fifties, Marilyn: The Untold Story, The Sixties: The Years That Shaped the Generation, Beyond the Law
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1He is nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the General Category.
2Mentioned in the song "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions.
3A huge fan of author Neil Gaiman.
4Was one of several celebrity witnesses to testify at the trial of the "Chicago Eight" featuring defendants, Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale, Rennie Davis, John Froines and Lee Weiner (1969-1970).
5Nearly 11 years after the death of Marilyn Monroe, Mailer appeared on the cover of "Time Magazine" with the cinema legend. The July 17 1973 edition of "Time Magazine" featured a composite of photos of Mailer and Monroe. Monroe's picture was a full-color portrait taken by Bert Stern, from the last photographic sitting before her death, and dominated the cover. Her image dwarfs a smaller black & white photo of Mailer. The cover-story heralds the publication of "Marilyn," the book documenting her life in pictures, featuring a 90,000 word biography by Mailer. Mailer reportedly was displeased that "Time" chose to play up Monroe and diminish him, visually, on the cover. The publication of the coffee table book was a major event of that publishing season. The book retailed for $19.95, which is approximately $100 in 2008 money, when factored for inflation.
6Earned an Engineering Science degree in 1943 from Harvard University.
7His breakthrough novel "The Naked and The Dead" (1948) is based on his personal experiences during World War II and is considered one of the "100 best novels in English language" by the Modern Library.
8Ran in the Democratic Party primary to Mayor of New York City, but finally wasn't chosen candidate (1969).
9Stated that he would never win a Nobel Prize because he once had stabbed his then wife Adele Morales with a penknife at a party (1960).
10Lived in New York City and Provincetown, MA with his sixth wife Norris.
11Being one New Journalism's leading authors, he also wrote noted biographies about Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso and Lee Harvey Oswald.
12Studied aeronautical engineering at Harvard University, graduating in 1943.
13Coined the term "factoid", defined as a wholly spurious "fact" invented to create or prolong public exposure or to manipulate public opinion, in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer himself described a factoid as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper".
14Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 40th Cannes International Film Festival in 1987.
15Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 130, pp. 273-282. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
16Father of Michael Mailer, Matthew Mailer, Stephen Mailer, Kate Mailer and John Buffalo Mailer.
17Born to Isaace Barnett Mailer and his wife Fanny Schneider, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
18Won two Pulitzer Prizes, for his non-fiction book "The Armies of the Night" (1969) and his novel "The Executioner's Song" (1980).


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love, Marilyn2012Documentary excerpts from book
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story2002TV Movie written by
American Tragedy2000TV Movie teleplay
Time of Her Time2000story
King Lear1987uncredited
Tough Guys Don't Dance1987novel / screenplay
The Executioner's Song1982TV Movie book / screenplay
Marilyn: The Untold Story1980TV Movie novel
Town Bloody Hall1979Documentary book "The Prisoner of Sex"
Andare e venire1972TV Movie short story - uncredited
Maidstone1970
Beyond the Law1968
See You in Hell, Darling1966novel
The Naked and the Dead1958novel

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cremaster 21999Harry Houdini
Baby Trouble Hole1996Interviewed
The Obit Writer1993Short
King Lear1987The Great Writer (uncredited)
Ragtime1981Stanford White
Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising1970
Maidstone1970Norman T. Kingsley
Wild 901968Prince
Beyond the Law1968Lt. Francis Xavier Pope

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tough Guys Don't Dance1987
Maidstone1970
Wild 901968
Beyond the Law1968

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story2002TV Movie executive producer
Maidstone1970producer
Wild 901968producer
Beyond the Law1968producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maidstone1970
Wild 901968
Beyond the Law1968

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tough Guys Don't Dance1987lyrics: "You'll Come Back You Always Do"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Experience2008TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Bomb It2007Documentary special thanks
Inside Deep Throat2005Documentary thanks
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story2005Documentary special thanks
Cremaster 21999special thanks: permission for use of "The Executioner's Song"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 50 Year Argument2014DocumentaryHimself
Norman Mailer: The American2010Documentary
Ptown Diaries2009DocumentaryNorman Mailer
Henry Kissinger: Secrets of a Superpower2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Oswald's Ghost2007DocumentaryHimself
Mein Leben2007TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1994-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ballad of Greenwich Village2005DocumentaryHimself
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Outsider2005DocumentaryHimself
Inside Deep Throat2005DocumentaryHimself
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story2005DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Gilmore Girls2004TV SeriesHimself
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire2004DocumentaryHimself
The World According to Bush2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Norman Mailer: My Life2003TV Movie documentary
Norman Mailer in Provincetown2003Video documentary shortHimself
Berlin Mitte2003TV SeriesHimself
Gero von Boehm begegnet...2002TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Author (segment "The Secret Life of Robert Hanssen")
Campus, le magazine de l'écrit2001TV Series documentaryHimself
L'étrange festival2001TV Short documentaryHimself
The Final Day2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Vol de nuit2000TV SeriesHimself
Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale2000DocumentaryHimself
New York in the 50's2000DocumentaryHimself
Jonathan Dimbleby1998TV SeriesHimself
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryHimself - Writer
Face to Face1995TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1994TV SeriesHimself
The Odyssey of John Dos Passos1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Marilyn Monroe: Life After Death1994DocumentaryHimself
Omnibus1986TV Series documentaryHimself
James Jones: Reveille to Taps1985Video documentaryHimself
Empire City1985Documentary Himself
exclusiv1984TV Series documentaryHimself
One on One1983TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Norman Mailer: The Sanction to Write1982DocumentaryHimself
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Apostrophes1980TV SeriesHimself
Town Bloody Hall1979DocumentaryHimself
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Writing Awards
The Mike Douglas Show1973TV SeriesHimself - Author
Year of the Woman1973DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
Walden1969DocumentaryHimself
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee1969DocumentaryHimself - in crowd
NET Journal1969TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Skitch Henderson Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Today1968TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Will the Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up?1968DocumentaryHimself
The David Susskind Show1959TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - episode of Dick Cavett Show
Regarding Susan Sontag2014DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2003-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Andrew Marr Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The Battle for 'I Am Curious-Yellow'2003Video documentary shortHimself
60 Minutes2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Author (segment "In the Belly of the Beast")
Stone Reader2002Documentary
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorTough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
1982Lucien Barrière Literary AwardDeauville Film FestivalFor the novel "Of Women and Their Elegance" (Mémoires imaginaires de Marilyn).
1973Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayTough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Executioner's Song (1982)


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#Quote
1[on Ryan O'Neal] I didn't get that mad when he called me a jerk, because there was a certain truth to it.
2[responding to a request for a literary contribution] Dear Pearl Kazin: I'm still too young and too arrogant to care to write the kind of high-grade horseshit that you print in 'Harper's Bazaar'.
3Every writer has something to be ashamed of.
4Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
5I've always felt my relationship to the United States is analogous to a marriage. I love this country. I hate it. I get angry by it. I feel close to it. I'm charmed by it. I'm repelled by it.
6[on his stabbing of his second-wife Adele Morales with a 3-in. pocket-knife] What have I held on to for a long, long time and never written about, and indeed...may never write about? And it seems to me that stabbing my wife, Adele, is probably what I will never write about.
7You know, a criminal will never forgive you for preventing them from committing the crime that is really in their heart.
8Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
9You don't know a woman until you've met her in court.
10"I sometimes think that if porny films had come along when I was a young man, it would have dispensed with a lot of friction in my personal life." (in a conversation with his son, John Buffalo Mailer in Playboy's Dec. 2004 issue).
11Great writers are not easy to read, and shouldn't be.
12Making a film is a cross between a circus, a military campaign, a nightmare, and orgy and a high.
13Movie making is like sex. You start doing it, and then you get interested in getting better at it.


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