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The Religious Affiliation of Playwright and Screenwriter
Robert Anderson


Robert Woodruff Anderson was born in New York City and educated at Harvard. He received two Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nominations: for The Nun's Story (1959) and I Never Sang For My Father (1970). His other writing credits include the feature films: The Sand Pebbles (1966); Tea and Sympathy (1956); Until They Sail (1957); and the TV movies: Absolute Strangers (1991); Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969); The Patricia Neal Story (1981); Getting Up and Going Home (1992).

About the filming of The Nun's Story, from Fred Zinnemann, Fred Zinnemann: An Autobiography: A Life in the Movies, Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, NYC (1992), page 163:

...I preferred not to use Roman Catholics in creative situations. It seemed important to keep an objective approach to the work, without the emotional involvement a faithful believer would bring to it, as this would create a private sentimental quality I wanted to avoid at all costs. Our writer, the playwright Robert Anderson, was a Protestant. Edith Evans and Audrey Hepburn were Christian Scientists; Peggy Ashcroft, who was an agnostic...

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