Distinguished American screenwriter William Rose is best remembered for his tart and terribly British comedies from the '50s that include Genevieve (1953) and The Ladykillers (1955). While voluntarily serving with the Canadian Black Watch during the early WWII years, Rose was stationed in Scotland and Europe. Following the war, he returned to Scotland to work as a screenwriter for Pinewood studios. While there, he frequently worked with filmmaker Alexander MacKendrick. During the '60s, Rose lived in England, but wrote screenplays for Hollywood, three of which received Oscar nominations. His screenplay for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) earned Rose his only Academy Award. He received the coveted Laurel Award from the Writer's Guild of America in 1973 for his lifetime achievements.