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Douglas McGrath, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter of ‘Bullets Over Broadway,’ Dies at 64

Douglas McGrath, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Bullets Over Broadway,” died on Thursday in New York City. He was 64.

His Wednesday performance of his one-man play “Everything’s Fine,” was Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the DR2 Theatre in New York City, Broadway World reported. The play was billed as “a 90-minute high-wire act of an alternately funny, touching, and shocking memoir for the stage.”

“We are devastated by the sudden death of Douglas McGrath. The company of ‘Everything’s Fine’ was honored to have presented his solo autobiographical show. We send our warmest condolences to Jane and his family. May his memory be a blessing.” the company, which includes director John Lithgow, tweeted on Friday.

The Midland, Texas, native began his career as a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” and went on to earn an Oscar nomination for co-writing “Bullets Over Broadway” with director Woody Allen. He also wrote and directed the 1996 adaptation of “Emma,” as well as “Nicholas Nickleby,” and the 2006 Truman Capote biopic “Infamous.”

His two documentaries for HBO, “His Way,” about producer Jerry Weintraub, and “Becoming Mike Nichols,” both received Emmy nominations.

McGrath was nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for writing 2013’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” He also penned “Checkers” and “The Age of Innocence” for the stage.

McGrath’s cause of death was not known. He is survived by his wife, Jane Read Martin, and son, Henry.

“Everything’s Fine” ticketholders should return to their place of purchase for refunds.

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