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Paul Mazursky to Receive Writers Guild West’s 2014 Screen Laurel Award

Paul Mazursky to Receive Writers Guild West's 2014 Screen Laurel Award

Writer, director and actor Paul Mazursky is set to receive the Writers Guild West’s Screen Laurel Award at the upcoming 2014 ceremony on February 1. The honor recognizes Mazursky’s lifetime of work in the film industry.

His accomplishments (which include five Oscar nominations and two WGA wins) are elaborated upon by WGAW vice president Howard A. Rodman:

“Paul Mazursky’s talents as an actor (he was in Stanley
Kubrick’s first film
) and filmmaker (one of the signature directors of the
1970s) should not be allowed to obscure a central fact: he is among our
greatest living screenwriters.  Bob &
Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love, Harry and Tonto, Next Stop,
Greenwich Village, An Unmarried Woman
– five films in six years, any of which
can make you laugh and cry, break and mend your heart.  His voice is strong, unique, hilarious, wise,
unmistakable.  He is fearless about his
characters’ flaws, but always has the generosity of spirit to make us see the
ways in which they are far more like us than not.  His work in the ’80s and ’90s – Down and Out
in Beverly Hills, Scenes from a Mall
– only deepens that generosity.”

Mazursky was recently given his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with buddy Mel Brooks at the ceremony. Our TOH! video interview with Mazursky from 2011 is here.

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