21CF Oscars Countdown: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz for ‘A Letter to Three Wives’ (1949)

21CF Oscars Countdown: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz for ‘A Letter to Three Wives’ (1949)

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In the weeks leading up to the 89th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from the 20th Century Fox Archives.

This year, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi are nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for the film “Hidden Figures.” Joseph L. Mankiewicz won for this award for the film “A Letter to Three Wives” (1949) at the 22nd Academy Awards held at the RKO Pantages Theater on Thursday, March 23, 1950. Below are a few pieces from our Photograph and Publicity collections highlighting this film.

‘A Letter to Three Wives’ (1949)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz with actor Paul Douglas. (Notice the script book in the back ground: “J. Mankiewicz. DO NOT TAKE.”)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz with actor Paul Douglas. (Notice the script book in the back ground: “J. Mankiewicz. DO NOT TAKE.”)

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