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Gavin Lambert (I) (1924–2005)

Educated at St. George's Windsor and Cheltenham College in the United Kingdom, where he first met and befriended Lindsay Anderson. Studied English Literature for one year at Oxford, but left on hearing that he would have to learn mediaeval English to get his degree. Editor of Sight & Sound magazine from 1950-1956. Moved to Los Angeles in 1956 to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1991 Dead on the Money (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1989 Sweet Bird of Youth (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1989 The Big Mirror (scenario)
 1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set (TV Movie) (short story)
 1988 Liberace: Behind the Music (TV Movie) (written by)
 1986 Second Serve (TV Movie)
 1978 Avalanche (writer - as Claude Pola)
 1973 Interval (writer)
 1972 I Want What I Want (additional dialogue) / (additional material)
 1971 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (additional dialogue)
 1970 ITV Playhouse (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- The Style of the Countess (1970) ... (novel)
 1965 Inside Daisy Clover (novel) / (screenplay)
 1961 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (screenplay)
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Confession (1961) ... (story)
 1960 Sons and Lovers (screenplay)
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Closed Set (1960) ... (writer)
 1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Strange Witness (1959) ... (teleplay)
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Julia Conrad Story (1959) ... (writer)
 1958 Lux Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Small Wonder (1958) ... (teleplay)
  General Electric Theater (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1958) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1954)
- Strange Witness (1958) ... (teleplay)
- The Road to Edinburgh (1954) ... (adaptation - uncredited)
 1957 Bitter Victory (screenplay)
 1956 Bigger Than Life (uncredited)
 1954 Another Sky (screenplay)
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Other Works:

Bioraphy: "The Ivan Moffat File: Life Among the Beautiful and Damned in London, Paris, New York, and Hollywood". New York: Pantheon, ISBN 0375422471 See more »

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Alternate Names:

Claude Pola

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Personal Quote:

If the critic seems, as Roger Manvell puts it, a "parasite", then it is only because his responses are dead or insensitive, not because he is a critic. Nor can wrong or unjust verdicts invalidate the practice of criticism, any more than the existence of bad art invalidates art itself.


Lambert knew Natalie Wood as both were intimates of director Randy Suhr. In the early 1960s, he wrote a novel about a Hollywood child star in the 1930s, Inside Daisy Clover (1965). After reading the book, Wood telephoned Lambert and said, "I'd kill for that part." He assured her she was his first choice for the movie, for which he was writing the screenplay. She got the part and Ruth Gordon got ... See more »

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