William Goldman, one of Hollywood’s most esteemed screenwriters and a two-time Oscar winner, died Friday at his home in New York. He was 87.

Goldman died at home, Deadline reports, after suffering from declining health since the summer.




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First a successful novelist, with such hits as “Boys and Girls Together” and “No Way to Treat a Lady” (both 1964), Goldman made the leap into screenwriting with the Paul Newman starrer “Harper” (1966). He won his first Oscar for his second screenplay, the iconic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), and won another for “All the President’s Men” (1976).

Among his other memorable contributions to the movies: “The Stepford Wives” (1975); “The Great Waldo Pepper” (1975); “Marathon Man” (1976), from his novel; “The Princess Bride” (1987), from his novel; “Misery” (1990); and “Chaplin” (1992).

Goldman was also highly regarded for his show biz memoir “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” famous for its assertion that “nobody knows anything” about the movie business.

The writer was remembered fondly on Twitter Friday following the news that he had passed away:

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