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Terry Southern (May 1, 1924October 29, 1995) was an American writer. He was part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s. He was a friend to Beat writers in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. In the 1970s he made changes to the way movies were written. In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and talked about screenwriting at several universities in New York.



  • Flash and Filigree (1958)
  • Candy (with Mason Hoffenberg) (1958)
  • The Magic Christian (1959)
  • Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967)
  • Blue Movie (1970)
  • Texas Summer (1992)


  • Dr. Strangelove (with Stanley Kubrick and Peter George) (1964) (Academy Award and BAFTA Award nomination)
  • The Loved One (with Christopher Isherwood) (1965)
  • The Collector (uncredited) (1965)
  • The Cincinnati Kid (with Ring Lardner Jr.) (1966)
  • Casino Royale (1967) (uncredited)
  • Barbarella (with Roger Vadim, Claude Brule, Vittorio Bonicelli, Clement Biddle Wood, Brian Degas and Tudor Gates) (1968)
  • Easy Rider (with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) (1969) (Academy Award nomination)
  • The End of the Road (with Dennis McGuire and Aram Avakian) (1969)
  • The Magic Christian (with Joseph McGrath) (1969)
  • The Telephone (with Harry Nilsson) (1988)

Awards and nominations

  • 1963 O. Henry Award; "The Road Out of Axotle", published in Esquire, August, 1962
  • 1964 Writers Guild of America; Screenwriter's Award for Best Written American Comedy of 1964, for Dr. Strangelove
  • 1964 Academy Award Nomination for Best Writing (Adaptation) for Dr. Strangelove
  • 1964 BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay nomination for Dr. Strangelove
  • 1969 Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Screenplay; Easy Rider (with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper)
  • 1975 The Paris Review; Funniest Story of the Year; "Heavy Put-Away, or, A Hustle Not Devoid of a Certain Grossness, Granted"
  • 1994 Gotham Award; Writer Award

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