Richard Morris

Active - 1951 - 1999  |   Died - Apr 28, 1996   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

In films, writer Richard Morris had his greatest success with Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), starring Julie Andrews and Carol Channing. The story earned Morris a Writers Guild Award for Best American Musical. Following military service during WWII, Morris took drama classes. Though trained as an actor, Morris started out writing comedy sketches. In the mid-'50s, Morris turned to television writing. By 1955, he had become the head writer for The Loretta Young Show and at one point earned an Emmy nomination. In 1960, Morris wrote the libretto for the Unsinkable Molly Brown; in 1964, the Broadway hit became a popular movie. Morris focused on movies and television after the mid-'60s. Some of his other well-known film efforts include Change of Habit (1969), starring Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore, and If a Man Answers (1962).

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