James Goldman
James Adolf Goldman[citation needed]

(1927-06-30)June 30, 1927
DiedOctober 28, 1998(1998-10-28) (aged 71)
  • Marie McKeon
    (m. 1962; div. 1972)
  • Barbara Goldman
    (m. 1975)

James Goldman (June 30, 1927 – October 28, 1998) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay The Lion in Winter (1968). His younger brother was novelist and screenwriter William Goldman.


The first son of a Jewish family[1] in Chicago, Illinois, Goldman grew up primarily in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He is most noted as the playwright of The Lion in Winter and for writing the screenplay of its 1968 film adaptation, for which he received an Academy Award. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical Follies (1971), which was nominated for a Tony Award.

He attended the University of Chicago and Columbia University, earning a master’s degree and studying music criticism.[2][3] In 1952, Goldman was drafted into the U.S. Army.[2] After his discharge in 1954, he pursued a career as a playwright.

Goldman died in 1998 from a heart attack in New York City.[3] He had lived there for many years.



Film and television



  1. ^ Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. pp. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6.
  2. ^ a b James Goldman Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Gussow, Mel (October 29, 1998). "James Goldman, 71, a Creator Of 'Lion in Winter' and 'Follies'". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  4. ^ a b The New York Times: "They Might Be Giants"