1922 - Born on the 9th of June in New York.
1952 - He said he contributed to or collaborated on more than 400 TV and radio scripts, and wrote for a number of top comedians, including Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin before earning breakout success with his stage version of "The Seven Year Itch," a risque social satire about a middle-class man who has an affair while his wife and children are on vacation.
1955-1956 - His next stage hit was "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" a satire on the movie business, which ran for more than a year on Broadway and received much attention in the national press due to its star, Jayne Mansfield.
1961 - He was nominated for an Academy Award for his adaptation of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
1962 - He was also highly regarded for his adaptation of Richard Condon's novel for director John Frankenheimer's Cold War thriller "The Manchurian Candidate" starring Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra.
1979 - After a decade hiatus, he returned to film work in providing the screenplay for the remake of "The Lady Vanishes".
1985-1987 - Subsequent contributions include the scripts for Frankenheimer's "The Holcroft Covenant" and "The Fourth Protocol".
2003 - Died on the 21st of June.
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