The First Time I Got Paid for It-- Writers' Tales from the Hollywood Trenches

By Peter Lefcourt; Laura J. Shapiro | Go to book overview

THE FIRST TIME I GOT
PAID FOR IT. . .
WRITERS' TALES FROM THE
HOLLYWOOD TRENCHES

EDITED BY PETER LEFCOURT & LAURA J. SHAPIRO

FOR THE WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION WITH A FOREWORD BY WILLIAM GOLDMAN

PublicAffairs New York

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The First Time I Got Paid for It-- Writers' Tales from the Hollywood Trenches
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Foreword xv
  • Alan Alda 1
  • Tina Andrews 4
  • Steven Bochco 9
  • Eric Bogosian - Bloodied but Unbowed 12
  • Allan Burns - Gods & Munsters 16
  • Peter Casey 20
  • T. S. Cook 26
  • Cameron Crowe - Leave 'Em Laughing 30
  • Roger Director 36
  • Delia Ephron 41
  • Delivery Freeman - Collaborating with Yourself 44
  • John Furia, Jr. - Don Quixote De La Network 47
  • John Gay 52
  • Larry Gelbart - The First Time? 57
  • Gary David Goldberg - My First Sale 61
  • Bo Goldman 64
  • Pamela Gray - The Blouseman Cometh 67
  • Dean Hargrove 79
  • James V. Hart - The First Time I Met Francis Ford Coppola 82
  • Charle Huack - Breaking in by Breaking Out 88
  • Georgia Jeffries - Funny, You Don't Look like a . . . 93
  • Amy Holden Jones 97
  • Fay Kanin 101
  • Lawrence Kasdan - The First Time I Had an Office to Write In 104
  • Nicholas Kazan 110
  • Richard Lagravanese 114
  • Peter Lefcourt 118
  • Chuck Lorre - The First Time I Got Fired 124
  • Nat Mauldin 129
  • Peter Mehlman 133
  • Marilyn Suzanne Miller 137
  • Daryl G. Nickns - The Great Escape -- or the First Time I Didn't Pay for It 143
  • Gail Parent 147
  • Davil Petrie, Jr. 151
  • Anna Hamilton Phelan 155
  • Alan Plater - The First Television Play 158
  • Carl Reiner - Incentive 164
  • Del Reisman - The First Time I Knew Movies Were Written 168
  • Gary Ross 171
  • Jan Sardi - Coming to America 177
  • Tom Schulman 183
  • Melville Shavelson - The First Time I Got Sued 188
  • April Smith 195
  • Beth Sullivan 207
  • Robin Swicord - Dada La-La 212
  • Miguel Tejada-Flores 215
  • Joan Tewkesbury - In Praise of the Pause 223
  • Caroline Thompson 226
  • Peter Tolan 231
  • Michael Tolan 236
  • Audrey Wells 241
  • Richard Wesley 246
  • Steven Zaillian 249
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