The Religious Affiliation of Playwright and Screenwriter
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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