Carl Foreman

Carl Foreman

A brilliant writer who was a victim of the McCarthyite "Red Scare" in the 1950s and was blacklisted in Hollywood for his alleged Communist sympathies. Reinstated in October 1997 along with other blacklisted victims--a bit too late for him, as he died in 1984.

As preparation for The Men (1950), Foreman and director Fred Zinnemann spent a month in a veteran's hospital researching, while star Marlon Brando lived, for a time, in its paraplegic unit.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 290-292. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Daughter Amanda Foreman is one of two children born to Foreman and his second wife Estelle in the U.K., when the writer fled there in the wake of the McCarthy attacks in the U.S. Amanda is the author of "Georgianna: Duchess of Devonshire", a best-selling biography of an ancestor of Princess Diana, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning The Duchess (2008). Her second book is 2011's epic non-fiction study, "A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War".

His son, Jonathan Foreman, was an editorial writer and senior film critic for the New York Post, before relocating to his London birthplace to work for the Daily Mail.

The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, he originally studied for a law degree but ended up starting his career in publicity.

When he heard the news that his The Victors (1963) assistant editor, Gordon Davie,'s first child (Andy Davie) had been born, Carl sent a magnum of champagne to wet the baby's head.

Wrote the original draft of the Marlon Brando motorcycle film, The Wild One (1953). The script fell afoul of the Breen Office censors--supposedly because it sought to explain the motorcyclists' sense of frustration instead of just portraying them as crazed, violent outlaws--and was re-written, to Brando's bitter disappointment.