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Author Information: Paddy Chayefsky

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Paddy Chayefsky, one of America's major dramatists, was born in the Bronx in 1923.

His first dramatic effort was a musical comedy, No T.O. for Love, written when he was convalescing from wounds suffered as an infantryman near Aachen, Germany, in World War II, and performed for GI's throughout Europe. After the war, Chayefsky wrote radio scripts for the "Theatre Guild of the Air," and in 1953, he wrote nine hour-length television plays and became television's most celebrated dramatist.

One of these television dramas, Marty, was the first TV film to successfully make the transition to a motion picture, and it won Chayefsky the Academy Award and the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The Bachelor Party was also acclaimed as a film; and other notable movies include The Goddess, Middle of the NIght, The Americanization of Emily, Hospital, and most recently, Network. For the latter two, he won his second and third Academy Awards.

Chayefsky's distinguished theater productions include Middle of the NIght, The Tenth Man, Gideon, and The Passion of Josef D. He made his last play, The Latent Heterosexual, available only to repertory groups in this country. It was produced to wide praise in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Altered States is Chayefsky's first novel. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.



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