Nancy Dowd
Born1945 (age 77–78)
Framingham, Massachusetts
Alma materUCLA
Notable worksSlap Shot (1977)
Coming Home (1978)
Notable awardsAcademy Award
Best Original Screenplay
1979 Coming Home

Nancy Dowd (born 1945) is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter most famous for her films Slap Shot and Coming Home.[1]


Dowd is a graduate of the UCLA Film School.

Her brother Ned Dowd inspired the story behind Slap Shot based on his experiences playing minor league hockey. Ned and his wife, Nancy N. Dowd, both appeared in the film.[2]

She wrote lyrics for a song used in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, another film she wrote.

Dowd often uses pseudonyms such as Rob Morton or Ernest Morton, or simply writes films without being officially credited.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Hamill, Sean D. (12 April 2010). "Nancy Dowd". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Jackson, Jonathon (2010). The Making of Slap Shot: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made. Wiley. p. 106. ISBN 9780470678008. Retrieved 2020-01-24.