Playwright, screenwriter and Oscar-nominee Bernard Slade has died at the age of 89 in his Beverly Hills home due to complications from Lewy body dementia, according to Broadway World.
Slade is known for creating “The Partridge Family” television series in 1970, and for writing the Broadway show “Same Time, Next Year” in 1975. He later adapted the play into a feature film and wrote the screenplay for the feature film version in 1978. The story follows a man and a woman in separate marriages who have a one-night affair and end up meeting in the same place every year on the anniversary of that night.
Slade also wrote for television shows from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, such as “Encounter,” which he also acted in, as well as “Playdate,” “Love on a Rooftop,” “Bewitched,” and “The Flying Nun.” He is credited as having created the TV series “Bridget Loves Bernie” and “The Girl With Something Extra” in addition to “The Partridge Family,” which follows a widowed mother and her five children who form a band, make a hit record, and travel the country in a school bus. The show was inspired by Slade seeing The Cowsills perform on the “Tonight Show.”
Slade is survived by his two children, Laurie Newbound and Chris Newbound, a sister, and four grand-daughters.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...
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